Hammock at Beach
Hammock at Beach

By Molly Butler

We have a “could” problem.

Possibilities and options in every direction. Volunteer here, work there, buy this, wear that, visit there, study that, be this person. Scroll through social media; it’s a whole buffet of lives we could be living. No wonder we’re all so overwhelmed. We’re saturated in choices we never have to make. What we want, what we admire in others and what others want us to do; it all gets tangled up until we can barely hear the voice inside that actually knows who we are. What are we doing? And why?

We also have a “should” problem. It can be debilitating. “I should do the dishes.” “I should call them back.” “I should eat better, exercise more, quit smoking, start jogging, write that novel.” The shoulds pile up like sticks in a stream; soon we’re going nowhere, getting nothing done.

Move on from what is not meant for you.

Taoist and Harvard scholar, Lin Yutang, wrote “Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists of the elimination of nonessentials.” Weed out the “could’s.” Move on from what is not meant for you. Save that energy to turn “should” into doing, and when you can afford it, do nothing at all.

Keep it simple. Have a wonderful weekend.


It’s time for the 410 Project’s Annual Juried Exhibition! All ages and mediums are welcomed for this special exhibition. Gallery hours this weekend are Friday and Saturday from 2-6 p.m. The Mankato Makerspace will host another Glass Torchwork class from 3-6 p.m. Get hands-on experience and one-on-one instruction in torchwork basics in a stress-free environment. Cost is $90 to attend; register here.

Matt & Laurel will be at the Circle Inn, and Crista Bohlmann will be at the WOW! Zone, both performing from 6-9 p.m. Catch the comedy, Tartuffe, by the MSU Department of Theatre & Dance, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Plus, don’t miss some awesome visiting bands! Dagger Radio will be at the What’s Up Lounge in Old Town to present The Rockford Mules with Battery Eyes and Nato Coles and The Blue Diamond Band. Doors at 8:30 p.m., and the show starts at 9 p.m. Cover for this 21+ event is just $10.


This is your last weekend to catch Resisting Resistance: 300 Drawings by MSU graduate Abby Daleki, open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Arts Center of St. Peter. The exhibit is the result of three separate year-long projects in which Daleki committed to creating a piece of art every day for 100 days. Head to the Blue Earth County Library for another Mandarin Storytime by professor Tingting Zhang. This is a great opportunity for Mandarin speaking families and families interested in learning about Chinese culture.

Game on! Mankato West boy’s hockey will take on Northfield at All Seasons Arena beginning at 1 p.m. Gustavus Women’s Hockey will host St. Scholastica at 2 p.m., and MSU Women’s Hockey faces Bemidji State at 2:01 p.m. Bethany Softball will take on Concordia at the Maverick All-Sports Dome beginning at 2:15 p.m.

Lego Club gathers at the Blue Earth County Library from 1-3 p.m. Atlantis Hobby invites you to attend their 2nd Commander Party beginning at 6 p.m. Entry is $20 and includes an exclusive WPN premium promo and pizza! Then, head to the Dork Den at 6:30 p.m. for Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty. Entry is $25.


Bethany Lutheran College Softball will take on St. Catherine University at 11:30 a.m., then St. Olaf College at 1:45 p.m. From 2-4 p.m., you can catch The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by the Gustavus Department of Theatre and Dance at the Rob and Judy Gardner Laboratory Theatre.

Added Value: The Challenge of Nothing

Here is a 10-minute Savasana (corpse pose) practice. I encourage you to do nothing. It’s harder, yet more healing, than it seems.


Weekend High Notes is a regular feature by Molly Butler. Molly covers weekend events, live music, and culture in the Greater Mankato Area. Suggestions are welcome using the MankatoLIFE contact form.