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after I got up, I was fine

I didn’t want to go to work today.


I was lying all snuggly in bed with my husband. And my son had also crawled in for our morning ritual and had already proclaimed, “I’m not going to school today!”


Made sense to me. So, I slid down a little further into the covers.


In reality, however, as I poked and prodded his little body a little while later, I knew I had to go to work and he had to go to school.


So, I got up and brushed my teeth and showered and put on some makeup and got dressed and ate some cereal and went to work.


Crazy thing is, after I got up, I was fine.


Life is that way. We get down. Down on ourselves. Down on people, family, friends. Down on work. Down on life. Down further under that comforter.


But at some point, we have to get up.


We have to do life and perform tasks that are not our favorite things to do – like treating people right and loving those we don’t even like. And dragging children around to places they need to go…instead of where we’d rather be. And forgiving our spouses before they say I’m sorry. And washing dishes. And exercising. And going to work. Just plain, ordinary, everyday things. And it helps to not dread, but to do those things with joy and passion.


But first, you gotta get up.


You’ll realize that once you make up your mind to swing your feet to the floor and walk with purpose toward life…you’ll be just fine.


Kendra Timberlake, 2006





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