Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Whistle While You Work

Do you like doing chores? Do you enjoy going to work? Do you look forward to all those things you hate to do? Whether you like it or not, there are certain things you have to do that you do not like to do. It might be dishes, laundry, yard work or just work work.

A previous post discussed having passion
for some things in your life. Today, we are not talking about those things, but the things we don't really want to do. As parents and spouse, there are some things that just have to be done. We, as the responsible adults, are responsible to make sure they happen.

What is our attitude about these chores? Do we gripe about chores? Do we complain about work? Do we find ways to put it off, so we can complain and gripe about it more? Do we spend more time complaining than it would take to do the chore?

What has this to do with romance and flirting? Chores and work are about as far from romance and flirting as you can get. The answer is enthusiasm. There is something about an enthusiastic person that makes everyone around them feel alive. We want to be around enthusiastic people, we are attracted to enthusiastic people. Enthusiasm is contagious and we all want to catch it. Of course, complaining and griping are about as unenthusiastic as you can get. And if people like to be around enthusiastic people... Well, you get the idea.

So, repeat after me "YIPPEEE!!! I get to do dishes today". No, sarcasm is not enthusiasm. OK, so you don't have to like doing the dishes to be enthusiastic while doing the dishes. Just whistle while you work. Maybe put on some music you like and dance around while doing the dishes. Sing or whistle. The trick is: don't be disagreeable just because you are doing a disagreeable task.

Remember to take time to smile. The more enthusiastic you are about life in general, the more you sweetie will want to be around you. The more joie de vivre you have, the better your kids will respond. The more enthusiastic you are, the more enthusiastic other people will be about you, especially your sweetie.
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