This past Friday, I opened the dryer and found out that an ink pen had been washed and dried (and consequently exploded) in the load of laundry. The load of laundry that had my 12-year-old son’s BRAND NEW WHITE karate uniform! Oh, how mad he was! I managed to keep my cool instead of completely freaking out, and immediately put out a post on Facebook about how to get ink out of 1) the dryer and 2) the load of laundry. I was pleasantly surprised to get immediate responses from several friends about what to do for the dryer and the load of clothes. I was able to get the dryer cleaned up right away (thanks to nail polish remover and rubbing alcohol!), but the load of laundry was going to take some time and a whole lot of prayers! (Just in case you are wondering the white karate uniform is being replaced because I could not get all the ink out!)
So…what’s this laundry mess got to do with health and fitness, you might ask? Persistence…constant and consistent persistence! I spent all my spare time this weekend on trying to get the ink out of this one load of clothes. The load of clothes that had an irreplaceable t-shirt of mine, a brand new pair of casual dress pants and a dress shirt of my husband’s, a couple of pairs of blue jeans and a few random shirts…AND THE WHITE GI UNIFORM! As I was thinking about the post for today, I realized that I had better results with getting the impossible ink stains out of the dryer and clothes than I have with some areas of my health journey, for one reason – PERSISTENCE!
I didn’t give up on the clothes until it was obvious the ink just wasn’t going to come out. Whereas, I have a tendency to give up on my health and fitness journey when things get tough. When stress comes along, I get frustrated and throw in the towel on myself much faster than I did with this load of laundry. I decide that candy, ice cream, and french fries will some how help me get through this stressful situation. Instead of sticking with my goals and working through the problem, looking for another solution, or taking a step back and reassessing the situation, I tend to just throw it all out the door and say, “It won’t work! I’m going to eat what I want!” Instead of looking for different ways to exercise that won’t leave me bored or lacking results, I just say, “I don’t have time for this!” and sit on the couch.
This one load of laundry has taught me something about myself. It has taught me that if I want something badly enough, I have to work consistently and persistently until I reach my goal, and that is what I am going to continue doing. Working consistently until I achieve the goals I have set out to reach!
Who knew laundry could teach me something about my health and fitness journey?