I was lugging Costco groceries into my home the other day when the home phone started ringing (yes, I’m old fashioned that way… I still have a home phone). It was one of my sisters.
Me: Just lugging the Costco groceries into the house.
Sister: Urg! Worst job in the world!
I started laughing. I had been creating a mental list of “worst jobs in the world” earlier on in the day. These included: getting carpets cleaned; washing slipcovers; defrosting the freezer; packing nutritious school lunches that the kids will actually eat; cutting down boxes into 12-inch squares for recycling… the list was starting to seem endless. And then I remembered something that an audience member at one of my presentations had said: “My mom always used to tell me that I should think about how lucky I am to be able to buy food for my family, to have a washing machine (and not have to hand wash!), and have the opportunity to make for food for my family because one day when everyone has left home, I’m going to wish that I had my family around to share meals with and have a child sit on the sofa and share a cup of tea and a chat.”
And so I adjusted my attitude and got on with my day… those Costco groceries were not going to unpack themselves.
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