Why would a stool be a stool? Why has that name that meaning? I do know to rename a seat and have the whole world use the new name would be ridiculous.
But why couldn’t I give some new meanings to words or rename certain words using similar versions? Who says I can’t do that.
I did that for years. Words have a meaning, and I stuck to them like flies on flypaper. A few weeks ago, while I had a conversation with my dear friend, I figured something out. *mind-blowing*
I had the word tomorrow in my schedule, meaning that everything I placed in that section needed to be done tomorrow. No exceptions; tomorrow means the next day, not two days after or a week.
I couldn’t work with it; it made me nervous and stopped me from doing what I should be doing today. Because what if something came on that little section. How the fuck would I deal with that. Because I had planned tomorrow full, how could I do those things too? It would mess up my schedule.
And there it was, the lightbulb that went on.
Reschedule, not name it tomorrow but reschedule. Then it doesn’t matter if it’s tomorrow or the day after or even two months from now. I get the freedom to reschedule my whole planning if needed or add the things that end up on the reschedule list to tomorrow. It primarily means there is no pressure, and I decide how much pressure it will have. Does it need to be done tomorrow, or can it be done later or even next month? That is up to me and my ability to learn prioritizing but not up to the word tomorrow.
By changing the word or even giving it my meaning, I made it work. Of course, many words mean something, and changing them in my mind would mean confusion to the outside world. But words with a broad spectrum of interpretations, yeah, those I can interpret the way they would work with me instead of against.
This was eye-opening for me. And something I am using more and more every day. If I get stuck because of the meaning of a word, I try to interpret it my way or find one that works for me but roughly means the same.
There have happened other moments like these in the past months, and I plan to write about those. As well as the ones I figure out in the future.
Do you have tricks like these to make your life easier?