Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Clean it Up!
From the time my daughters were very young, they have always been taught that if you make a mess you clean it up and don't expect someone else to do it for you or that the mess will simply magically disappear if you ignore it. I am appalled that anyone should have such a grand sense of entitlement in this day and age that they don't take responsibility for their messes.
Sometimes this comes in the form of people who do idiotic things like flicking their used cigarette butts out the car window as they drive down the street. Cars are built with ashtrays for a reason. Do they care that they can start a fire or that birds and animals can choke on the foam filter when they eat them? No. They just flick away and have no concern for the environment or for anyone else other than their miopic selves.
Also common are those who don't take responsibility for the messes they create within relationships. The broom and dustpan are right there, waiting to be used, and there they sit because someone thinks he or she is either too right or not skilled enough to use the tools presented! Either one is a cop out. There is never anything wrong with admitting that we made a mistake or even admitting that we are still learning to use the tools at hand. Those around us will be quite patient with us if we simply admit to our inexperience and make efforts to clean it up.
So think about your life, your habits and your relationships. Are there any areas that need a good spring cleaning? If so, attend to it. You will not be sorry.