I was puttering in the kitchen and thinking about what I should write. I have bits of ideas tucked here and jotted down there, but it was too much to go and find them to see if any appealed right now. I happen to be working my way through left overs, which often seems to fall to me because my son prefers to make new creations. (I kind of remember enjoying creating new flavors in the kitchen myself once upon a time.)
Mostly I don’t mind left overs and I really hate waste. My reusable sandwich bag was a topic at lunch today among my coworkers. (How easily it can be washed and how I wash it.) But it can quickly become something I have to do if my son doesn’t join in and eat some too, particularly if he has made a batch of something way too large for us to eat in a couple of sittings.
These led to thoughts of how we reward ourselves, if we reward ourselves and whether or not we should reward ourselves. I happen to be reading a book that is set in the Middle Ages and this is making me think about how we are rewarded just by living in this century and not back then. But I should just use modern context.
It is in my nature to use some sort of carrot to get myself to do something I don’t want to do. For instance I can watch an episode of a show that I like after I make a call that I don’t want to make. I don’t think of that as a reward, per se, but more of a prompt. Delayed gratification.
My favorite reward for getting through a work week is the moment that I can turn off the alarm on Friday night, followed by extra time reading, a fine night’s sleep and then the luxury of waking up slowly and having a leisurely mug of tea Saturday morning. Heaven.
My rewards might seem small to some, or decadent to others. But the beauty of rewards are that they should be personal. How do you reward yourself?
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