Sometimes I’m just tired and looking for an easy way out of my day. I’m sure that doesn’t ever happen to any of you but allow me to admit that it does happen to me. And, on one of those days recently a friend posted something about doing the difficult things in life. I hate when I read s*** that makes me think that I really should be doing something.
Here’s an excerpt from the list:
- You have to give more than you get in return – right away.
- You need to allow yourself to feel unsure and insecure rather than always playing it safe.
- You need to lead when no one wants to follow you.
- You need to invest in yourself even though no one else is doing so.
- You have to deliver results when you might just feel like making excuses.
- You have to make mistakes and look like an idiot.
- You have to run faster even though you are out of breath.
- You have to be kind to people who have not been nice to you.
- You have to keep moving toward where you want to be no matter what’s in your way.
- You have to be accountable for your actions when things go wrong.
Ok. Cool list, right?
But there are more things that I don’t want to do. Like these:
- I don’t want to clean any more bathroom floors – ever.
- I don’t want to go ice fishing. Been there. Done that.
- I don’t want to have to use a porta pottie. I just don’t. (I was going to say “outhouse” but I figured that might be too old school).
- I really don’t want to have to ask my kids to bring their dishes to the sink. Why am I still asking???
- I don’t want to have to stand outside the bathroom door any more, begging for someone to “finish up.” I’m tired of that. Maybe I need an outhouse for them.
- I don’t want to have to answer one more solicitation call. Yes, I know I can get that service which prevents such calls. But why am I paying to stop people from asking me for money?
- I don’t want to have to pay full price for something I happened to find on the sale rack (after wrestling with myself to buy it anyway).
- I don’t want to be called “Ma’am.” That’s my mom, not me.
I think the goal of the first list was nice – don’t force yourself to do the things you don’t want to do but instead do those things that you know will feel right — even if they are difficult. Totally get that message.
But one thing’s for sure … I am not going ice fishing. However, what I can promise you is that in the spring, when that massive river is flowing off my roof from my crazy big ice dam … I’ll take my fishing pole out there and do a bit of pretending. 🙂
Have a great day!