Doing What Needs to be Done

Back in the day, Dad would ask me to do something and I would throw an ever-loving fit.  I’m not sure why.  I just didn’t want to do the things that he asked me to do.  I was kind of a spoiled kid.  My only chores were folding the towels, unloading the dishwasher, and vacuuming the steps.  If only those were my only chores now!  I would throw a fit and Dad would argue with me and sooner or later it would come around to him saying, “If you would have just done it instead of throwing a fit about it, it would have been done already.”  And he was usually right.

Touche, Dad.  Touche.

It’s a habit that I’ve carried into adulthood, though maybe not to such an extreme.  When I have something to do that I don’t want to do, it’s perfectly normal for me to either take a nap or ignore it until it can’t be ignored anymore or throw a little internal fit.  (At least I keep the fits on the inside these days!)  I always end up reminding myself of my father’s infinite wisdom though.  The sooner I do it, the sooner it is done.

It was with this thought that I cleaned off my car this morning, that I go to work every day, that I set about making phone calls I don’t want to make, that I do a chore that I hate.  It’s always hard to get started but when it’s done I feel a sense of pride.  I’ve done what needed to be done and THAT is important.  It’s even better if I do it without complaint.

I hope that I get even better at this.  I would love to be one of those people who rolls up her sleeves and gets to work, no matter the chore.


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