A Personal Motto

Today’s prompt asks about a favorite quote. Here’s mine:

Do what needs to be done, when it needs to be done, the way it ought to be done, whether you feel like it not.

I don’t know who said it. I read that it was etched into a glass window of some stately home somewhere, but as I was thinking about it for this post this morning, that seems a little crazy.

Nevertheless. Ever since I read about it, I wrote it down–first in the front of one of those 10 year garden journals that I keep and then I committed it to memory. It has gotten me through a lot of unpleasant chores in the garden and it has gotten me through a lot of unpleasantness in life.

Mind you, the unpleasant things were still unpleasant–but just remembering that first, they needed to be done (or in some cases, merely endured) and next, that in almost all cases, nothing is as bad in reality as it is in my imagination, makes everything bearable and doable.

I need to remember to use this motto for the particularly nasty winter we are having.


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