Dose of Donna
One life lesson my father imparted on my sisters and me was not to build a drain for the drip. If a water pipe is dripping, find and fix the leak, don’t just build a drain. Medically speaking it’s the equivalent to treating only the symptoms not the source…like prescribing a cough suppressant as effective treatment for lung cancer.
As I think about society, business behaviors, and the like, I see drains being built for the different types of drips. Here’s a short list:
1.) turning up the car radio volume to “drown” out the unusual noise from the car engine
2.) creating more processes to overcome the lack of accountability from working team members
3.) buying bigger sized clothes instead of losing weight
Despite my father’s advice, in my 20’s I built drains for drips. And I will confess, my drains were built to avoid pain and suffering—the consequences of my poor choices.
Building a drain provides ease and comfort …temporarily… but the drip remains and, in the long run, you drown!
Fixing the drip takes blood, sweat, and tears. But in the end, problem solved without regret.
Is there a problem you are dealing with? Take my father’s advice: don’t build a drain – fix the drip!
My childhood activities consisted of playing hopscotch, jumping rope, kicking ball, and dressing-up Midge (Barbie’s cousin). The mere mention of such play brings back good memories for me. Oh, the hours of fun, fighting, and friendship. As a child, these activities enhanced my coordination, exercised my body, and developed my imagination.
So, the question I ask is why not do child’s play as an adult?
I’m thinking stores that sell office items are onto this very idea. There are actually desk toys! Here’s some that I’ve noted: paperweights that spin to provide an answer, a mini Casino, mini golf green, and mini beach spot (complete with sand and a beach chair), and other trinkets to play with during a stressful day at work.
Most adulthood activities consist of checking (emails), paying (bills), and driving (around). Though necessary, this type of play isn’t going to provide the Dose any fun or get her fit. With that said, I’ve incorporated some child-like activities—such as rollerblading, playing in dirt (aka gardening), and doing arts and crafts—into my daily life…doing so will exercise my body, feed my soul, and calm my spirit.
Go play, and don’t forget to get some desk toys!