Instant gratification. It goes nicely with lack of patience. (I’m an expert at lack of patience). Nothing beats looking good with little effort. There aren’t a lot of opportunities for that but I had a life lesson recently.
Two months ago I hurt my back lifting. It was a bad back sprain and took a few weeks and ultrasound treatments to recover. The doc said to be careful as it will be susceptible to re-injury for a while.
I was good until we got a truck load of mulch to put on our landscape and flower beds. At the same time as the delivery we got a high pressure system that put the temperatures in the 90s with matching humidity. I wasn’t going to touch it.
The beloved husband is not good at looking at an undone project. He didn’t touch it the first day but I knew if the weather wouldn’t cooperate soon, he’d dive in any way. He went for it on the second day.
I announced loudly and vehemently that I did not intend to work in that pea soup! Then he asked me to do one small part. What could I say? I did that one part. It looked so good, I did another. Two hours later my back said it had enough. It wanted painkillers and ice. I obliged.
There was a discussion (between my back and myself) about whether a margarita would be a better painkiller but we decided to pace ourselves and go with big pharma first. This could also get us out of making dinner. (Always look for silver linings!)
The beloved husband said, “Why did you keep working?” The truth is that the finished mulch made the area look so good I got swept up. I love doing something that looks beautiful right away. How many things are like that? Not many!
I’m going to have a few days of an “achy breaky back” but I’ll medicate it with a book and a Frappuccino! And a little later…a margarita!
What about you? Do you allow something to derail your good sense?