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good life by annemarie sorensen

Part of cultivating a good life is to lather, rinse, and repeat as needed.

When I wash my hair, two things go through my mind. First is the song, “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair” from the musical South Pacific. (I sing it in the shower every time! And personally, it reminds me that life is so much better as a musical than a drama.) After my musical interlude, the second thing that goes through my mind are those magic words found on the back of many shampoo bottles: For best results, lather, rinse, and repeat as needed.

No, my message today is not a process for hair care, although if you want tips on that, Becky has an awesome video of her routine.

The bottle’s advice to lather, rinse, and repeat is so much greater than hair maintenance. It can be used as a pattern for life. I am constantly motivated by many things around me: a photo, a book, a quote, a friend, a stranger, a blog, a post (you get the gist).   

Much of that inspiration moves me to action. I want to lather it into my daily routine and rinse away negativity, idleness, and in-action. I generally stay motivated for a period of time, but slowly, I find it easy to slip back into the daily routine and lose the spark that ignited me. This is where the “repeat as needed” comes into play.   

Motivation is not a one and done event. Neither is inspiration. As I prepared to write this post, I was encouraged to go back and read some of the other guest posts. I found myself so inspired all over again. I was motivated into action. Need help with forgiveness? It’s on the blog. Want to see how service cultivates a good life? It’s on the blog. Are you in the midst of a life event, a trial, a mountain, a mole hill? There is a message for you on the blog. Go back, find the joy you experienced the first time you read a post, then lather, rinse, and the key to it all…remember to repeat as needed.

My birthday is in August. Every year as a gift to myself I read two books. One is a religious book of scripture, the other is a novel by Jane Austen. I’m constantly amazed at the enjoyment and happiness I feel when I finish. It’s as if it were the first time, every time. It has become a cherished tradition for decades. And really, that’s what lather, rinse, and repeat is all about. It’s about knowing when to inject into your routine that something extra you need to bring joy to you and those around you. Some may call it traditions; highly effective people call it “sharpening the saw.”  I call it lather, rinse, and repeat.

If you think about it, isn’t that what memory keeping is all about? You want to preserve moments, so you can go back and experience them in your mind’s eye all over again. You want to recapture the joy, remember the struggle, and recall the gratitude.

It’s been so long I’m not really sure when this phrase took on a greater meaning for me, but I am grateful for the daily reminder to rejuvenate, refresh, and reenergize my life as needed and hopefully you will be, too.

Note from Becky

Annemarie is one of the finest human beings on the planet. I’ve admired her since the day she came into my life. We don’t have regular, lengthy conversations. We don’t spend time hanging out together outside of a few minutes at church once in a while. But boy do we connect. We have a common love for family history and documenting life. Her roots are truly and spiritually very deep. She is a thinker. She is a listener. She is a phenomenal teacher. She has a way of reaching people and getting straight to their heart like it’s her job. Everyone needs an Annemarie as a personal influence in their life. I’m better because of her example — truly.


3 Responses

  1. Susan says:

    Thank you Annemarie! What a great way to look at life – this is very timely for me! (the finding the spark part!!) I appreciate you sharing with us!!! <3

  2. Angela says:

    I enjoyed this. It’s interesting that the ‘repeat’ is important, not because it gets boring and monotonous but because it helps us remember.

  3. Tami says:

    Thank you Annemarie for this post. It was what I needed at just the right moment. Life is a routine, but all to often we get built up with debris that needs to be rinsed away. Thank you.