Last year, I found a kitchen magnet that read, “I will try again tomorrow.” I thought it was inspirational. I thought it would remind me to persevere in the face of adversity. Last night, I threw it away.
On Monday, I wanted to attend the town picnic, but Sadie had a soccer game and we couldn’t make it in time. On Tuesday, I wanted to ride my bike to work but the tire was flat. I wanted to use the printer in the office but it was out of ink. I came home to use the printer at home and forgot to bring the stationery from the office. The appointment I made for the dentist was cancelled on Wednesday. And the engineer who is designing our new septic system didn’t show on Thursday.
The cute magnet I found became less of an inspiration than a mantra for endurance. I am already enduring so I decided I didn’t need to be reminded of it each and every morning.
Today, I saw another cute magnet: “A year from now what will you wish you had done today?” I will wish I had done a lot of things so I walked right on by. My new mantra is now “It will all get done eventually.” Bet they don’t make magnets for that one!