I've got a case of the 'shoulds,' and I need a cure

I've got a case of the 'shoulds,' and I need a cure
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I should be doing other things — exercising, answering e-mail, reading a biography, getting groceries — but I want to write.

So I should know what to write.

But I don’t, so I should just start it… or go and do something else.

Oh help! It’s the shoulds!

One reason I decided to write about words, languages and writing when I started my blog was that I figured I’d never run out of material. So far, so good, but sometimes what other people experience as a dearth of material is more like a swamp for me. There are just too many possibilities… I should know better what ones to use.

I have my series on ‘Kindness and Wonder’  written ahead into March — which was one reason I picked out such a long series. (I should tell you about other reasons some time.) I’ve written on other topics a couple of times, here and there, during the series so far.

But I should be writing more about other things, shouldn’t I?

Should I write about picking up two library books yesterday when my to-be-read pile was already tall at home? (I just wrote about it here; should I write more?)

Should I write about wondering whether I should’ve made the series shorter so I don’t feel like I’m forgetting doing this? (I still wonder, but obviously I’m not forgetting.)

That’s ten uses of “should” (counting shoulds or shouldn’t) before that one in quotation marks.

I should just quit now, shouldn’t I?

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  • I don't think you need a cure for agonizing over what you "should" do. Too many people spend their time fantasizing over what they "could" do.

  • In reply to jnorto:

    Thanks very much, jnorto. I won't look for the cure after all. I should just give that up... sigh.

  • Wake up. You getting much too should-I.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    That's "you're".

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Maybe I should wake up. Here it is again: "Wake up. You're getting too much should-I.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Message received and understood. I think you're onto something -- I have been extra sleepy lately.

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