It’s Good For You

PopcornbyCarlosPortoHappy Monday, Bandita Buddies!

So it was a very busy weekend Chez Sey. Our girls had dance competitions both days, so Saturday & Sunday morning were both up-by-5:30, hair-and-makeup, who’s-got-the-dance-bags, where-the-heck-is-your-costume kind of deals.  Come Sunday afternoon, all I wanted was to lie on the floor, read the Sunday paper & eat popcorn.

I mowed the lawn instead.

FreshGreenGrassbyNuttakitI didn’t want to mow the lawn, mind you.  In fact, I felt very sorry for myself about it.  But I knew the week ahead didn’t have any lawn mowing time built in, & the situation in the front yard was getting embarrassing.

So I grumbled but I got out there & mowed.

And you know what?  It felt awesome.  I’d been standing around indoors all weekend, trying to keep track of two different kids on two different stages, & I’ll admit it–it was kind of stressful.  Mowing the lawn, however, was very zen.  I got sweaty, I stretched out the kinks.  I zoned out, thought my thoughts & breathed in the gorgeous smell of cut grass.

TheGrasswithBlueSkybyKangshuttersI didn’t have to watch televised football with the rest of my family (I don’t judge; it’s just not my cup of tea), and my lawn is no longer an embarrassment.

So I did the right thing–the responsible thing–and was actually rewarded for it.  When was the last time that happened?  I can hardly even remember.  How about you?  When was the last time you did the right thing & got to feel all righteous & awesome?

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  • Deanna says:

    Right now I’m making an effort to move more and get out and be more active. Too much sitting around reading and editing manuscripts. That’s the “doing the right thing” for me at the moment. I’m knackered by the end of it but I’m doing some serious gardening, taking long walks around the estate and even fit in a few video workouts. All this activity is exhausting but it’s good for me.

    • Susan Sey says:

      Starting is always the hardest part, isn’t it, Deanna? Once you’re moving, it’s not so bad but sitting comfortably somewhere, *thinking* about moving? It just seems so inconvenient & uncomfortable.

      But once you get going, you’re always glad you did. Good for you for making the push toward movement!

  • Jane says:

    Hello Susan,
    Love the smell of freshly cut grass. Can’t think of any recent rewards, but getting a simple thanks is enough when I hold the door for someone or moving aside and letting an elderly rider go ahead of me when boarding the subway.

    • Susan Sey says:

      I make a serious effort to hold the door for others, even the able-bodied. I feel like it’s just a kind thing to do, & such a small thing. But it makes people smile at me, & I like that.

      It’s not quite as awesome as the days when I was carrying a smiley baby around the supermarket–people can’t help themselves when you’re holding a smiley baby–but it’s pretty good.

  • flchen1 says:

    Wow, Susan, that is AWESOME! Good for you!! (And wow–great for your girls! DD dances competitively, and thankfully her studio’s “season” doesn’t start until early next year 😉 Not sure I’m looking forward to the resumption of crack-of-dawn hair and makeup sessions 😉 )

    When I gut through and take care of the chores and other household stuff, it is rewarding to know that my family’s blessed by those things being done 🙂 But sometimes I’d still rather crawl back into bed for a nap or curl up with a book 😉

    • Susan Sey says:

      Oh, I totally rewarded myself with a few episodes of Grey’s Anatomy (I’m binge-watching) later that night when all the football fans abandoned the TV. I had righteously performed the household chores; I deserved it!

      I also folded laundry while I watched, so surely it balanced out? I mean, it practically counts as another sacrifice, right? 🙂

  • Helen says:


    I love that feeling whne you do something you know you should but keep putting it off then feel so good 🙂

    Silly I know but I get a bit that way when I finally catch up with some housework and the house looks so much better then I pick up my book (and maybe some Tim Tams) and fall into a bokk feeling even better 🙂

    Have Fun

    • Susan Sey says:

      You’re exactly right, Helen! If I’d just sat down & read my book (which I dearly wanted to do), I’d have felt guilty & not have enjoyed it as much. But reading a book in a clean house? Why, you *deserve* a few TimTams to go with it! It’s really worth it to put in the work first.

  • Shannon says:

    Last night after a movie and dinner with the ladies, I really wanted to crawl into a book. But the situation with a friend with dementia (one of the ladies) really called for action. I can do things on the weekend, but other people get involved during the week. This lady loses complete touch with financial things (especially insurance claims/medical bills). So I sent a long email to her old friend in the west; I called her friend up north. No real reward. But maybe one step closer to getting her some real help.

    • Susan Sey says:

      Shannon, that’s such a loving thing to do. Your friend (who I know must be struggling right now & doesn’t feel very lucky) is lucky indeed to have you. I hope she’s able to get the support she needs to maintain independence as her condition progresses. And I hope have the support you need as well, as watching a loved one decline is tremendously difficult. I’ll be sending positive thoughts your way.

  • Mozette says:

    It’s awesome when you get in and do something and you get rewarded for it. It’s the best thing!

    I love doing stuff in my garden. Even though I have only a small courtyard, it’s the small things I find that are a wonder in it. When the first leaves push through the dirt of my Gloxinia; and I know it’s going to be a long hot Summer… and my flowers are going to be the best to come yet.

    When I see the first burst of leaves on the Frangipanni as they – at first – look like they’re flipping Mother Nature the finger, but then the other leaves quickly open up and the rude gesture disappears.

    The gorgeous, strong aroma of the Moch Orange shrub by my back fence… I’ve let it grow higher than the fence, but it’s been flowering heavily over the last few years, and I have so many photos of those flowers, I can’t believe it’s over a decade since it was planted… and yet no back neighbour has been ticked off enough to sheer it back. Really though, I think the wives love how it hangs over and gives their yard a little bit of something nice to look at too.

    I’m always rewarded in my little bit of garden… always… it’s wonderful. 😀

  • Joan Kayse says:

    My poor grass mowing duckling.

    Hire some sheep!

    I spent precious funds to make a birthday cake for a dear friend. a) because it WAS her birthday and b) because she’s always the one doing for others and she deserved a surprise c) because she rocks

  • Jo Robertson says:

    I love that feeling I get after exercising, Susan, either on the stationary bike or my treadmill. I always hate gearing up for it, but love the adrenaline rush.

    • Susan Sey says:

      I skipped my workout this morning, Jo, & the farther I get into my day, the less likely it is that I’ll squeeze it in. I think I have to be partly asleep when I start or I’ll talk myself out of it….

  • Okay…I’m going to be the rebel here. Just hauled my behind out the door down the street for a 30 minute walk. The sky was blue with big fluffy clouds. A light breeze. I set a leisurely pace…The first half of the walk not too bad. Second half…bitched and moaned all the way home. Calves hurt.

    No matter how good it is for me, I got no endorphins. No happy to have done it. Nope. Zilch. Nada. Gonna do it again tomorrow? Yep, if it doesn’t rain. (PLEASE GOD LET IT RAIN!). Gonna like it more…the 1st half yes, the second….I doubt it!

    • Susan Sey says:

      I have had runs just like that, Suz. Where it was work–hard, sweaty, nauseating work–the whole time. No happy buzz afterwards, either. Just the ragged assurance that it was over. For today, anyway.

      I’ll cross my fingers for rain tomorrow on your behalf.

  • Amy Conley says:

    Susan, I agree with you about mowing and setting your mind free to wonder. Heaven. Unfortunately hubby bought a new mower this summer, so it isn’t broken in enough for me to use.

  • Becke says:

    I totally understand. Any time I resist going outside for exercise or a chore and do it anyway–Is totally awesome.
    1- I love accomplishing a task
    2- Outside cures all my ills–even with I get poison ivy!!!!
    And no good deed goes unpunished. :0)