Doing what we don’t want to do

Started a new book today. Rory Vaden’s “Take The Stairs”. Rory talks about how “successful people have the self-discipline to do things they don’t want to do. They do the things they don’t want to do even when they don’t feel like doing them.”

I remember growing up one of my chores was to gather the eggs. This required going to the chicken house and flipping up the long board covering the front of the nests. I guess laying hens like their privacy, according to my Dad.

One day when gathering the eggs I flipped up the board to see a possum staring right at me! I dropped the board and ran out of there, dust a flying. I ran to the house and told Mom I was NOT gathering eggs ever again. Well, as you might expect that didn’t go very far with my Mom. She made me go back out right then and there. Failing to bring in those fresh from the hen eggs was not a choice for me. I was crying, but no matter. I pleaded my case to no avail.

Begrudgingly, I returned to the hen house and with all the courage a 9 year old farmgirl can muster I banged that board covering those nests like I was beating a drum. I must have banged it a dozen times! Lo and behold, when I raised the board the possum was gone. I proudly filled my basket with the eggs. The possum had eaten one.

I was so angry with my Mother that day and the fact she could not understand how scared I really was. What I didn’t realize at the time was the life lesson she was teaching me. Eggs have to be gathered. Possums have no place in a hen house and sometimes we must do the things we don’t want to do no matter how badly we don’t want to do them.


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