A Little Housekeeping Detail

8 02 2017

Dear Family,

Well, it appears that someone has left out all their toys. Now others of us are upset and in pain because we’ve stepped on a Lego or tripped over Barbie’s Dreamhouse or suffered some other indignity or injury because of their behavior. 

Now, it really does not matter who made this mess; it only matters (because it is to everyone’s advantage) that the mess gets cleaned up. That means, let’s stop pointing fingers at each other, whining about who did what first, complaining that it’s not YOUR stuff on the floor. Let’s just pull together to make our house comfortable again.

While there are times when we might feel – rightfully – that we are doing “more than our fair share,” soon enough, the pendulum will swing back and we’ll be the ones getting the help. For every time I have bussed someone else’s table, turned off a light that I did not turn on first, or gone out to replace the milk I did not drink; there have been a hundred times when someone else has covered for me.  That’s what families do for each other. We pick up the slack for individual members out of respect for the family.

Oh, this is more than just taking turns doing the work. This is NOT a zero-sum game. When we do more for each other – a little more than what we might think is “our fair share” – we create more good for all of us.

More for you and more for me.  See.  Not zero-sum, but win-win.

So, Dear America, my Family, my Beloved,

Let’s all just dig into this mess without regard to who made it and then we’ll be able to see clearly what a beautiful place we call home.  Show some pride of ownership. Show some respect for ourselves. Show some compassion for each other.

Love,

Your American Sister

 

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4 responses

8 02 2017
theafine

Amen!

8 02 2017
scorchedeyebrowstudio

Thanks, Teddi!

8 02 2017
MARIA ETTEL

PLEASE–SUBMIT THIS TO A NEWSPAPER, PAULA. I WOULD LOVE TO SEE YOUR PERFECT-SENSE MESSAGE GO VIRAL.
THANK YOU SO MUCH.
LOVE FROM MARIA XO XO XO XO

8 02 2017
scorchedeyebrowstudio

You are too kind, Dear Maria. Thank you.

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