I have a stubborn streak that I smash up against from time-to-time. There is no sense in denying it. Anyone who knows me well, knows how stubborn I can be so let's just call it as it is. My stubbornness fools me into thinking I can handle anything thrown my way...be it remodeling the kitchen, fixing the deck, staining the house or chasing off a bear. I suppose this could also be classified as delusional, but I'll stick with calling it stubborn.
Whatever role pops up in the moment, I do my best to improvise my way through it. But as I stared at water pouring from my laundry room early this morning and soaking the hallway carpet, I realized that there are some roles I am not meant to play. Plumber is simply beyond my improvisational skill set.
We all play a variety of roles in our lives: mother, daughter, sister, friend, counselor, carpenter, artist, caretaker...just to name a few. The list of roles is endless, but knowing when to stop adding to the list is the trick.
My friend Zoey is brilliant at delegating the roles of her life. She knows when she needs help and asks for it. She manages her life on every level by delegating what she knows is either beyond her ability or is a task she simply doesn't want to tackle. Because of this skill, she is a successful entrepreneur and philanthropist.
Intellectually, I know there is nothing wrong with asking for help. So what's my problem? What am I trying to prove by overextending myself on every level? Am I trying to prove that I am ridiculous or just plain crazy? No! Stop the madness!
As I knelt in inch deep water using all of the dry towels in the house, I had an epiphany. Digging through the drain trying to solve this problem was the last thing I wanted to do. Images of God-Only-Knows-What plugging the drainage system popped into my mind as I hauled armfuls of towels from the laundry room.
I scratched the role of plumber from my list and improvised by picking up the phone. Finally. Common sense prevails over stubbornness...at least for now.
About Moxie Girl Musings
Moxie Girl Musings is about starting over from square one after tragedy impacted my young family. It's filled with stories of triumph, struggle, snafus, hopes, and dreams. Sometimes there will be features from other writers that I like and every so often I'll include an original short story, but normally I simply write what's on my mind at the time. Welcome to my unfiltered true-life story as I figure out this thing called life. http://www.amberleaeaston.com