Last night after I put my daughter to bed and managed to stay awake past 8:30, I found myself alone for the first time in a while. My husband had succumbed to the snuggling snoozer and was sleeping with the baby. I pondered what to do with my alone time. I could sit on the couch and watch some TV. Or I could clean.
I decided to clean. I finally found some motivation, so I used it to just keep pushing myself. Every time I would get something done, I would find something else that needed attention. I'll just do these dishes and then I'll take a break. I'll just clean up this half eaten crayon and put away this tent. I'll just fold this basket of clean towels. I'll just pick up the blanket of toys in the playroom. Where would it stop?
Then, as I grabbed up the last plastic pickle from the carpet, a small piece of paper just outside the room on the tile floor caught my eye. As I tried to decide if I was going to mop the floor or not, I picked it up and saw it was a fortune cookie fortune. This is what it said:
"It is what you haven't done that will torment you."
Whoa. That stopped me dead in my tracks. I pondered the message for a moment. Then I decided it was time to go sit on my couch and watch an entire episode of Frasier, alone and uninterrupted - unkempt floor be damned.
Yes. This is what I will do. Decision made.
As I walked by the kitchen, unable to keep my eyes off the filthy floor, I caught sight of another piece of paper closer to the door. I picked it up and realized it was another fortune.
"It's in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped."
I can't make this stuff up, folks.
For the record, my floor still needs to be mopped and that was one funny episode of Frasier.