We are very pleased to have Leticia Dominguez as a guest blogger today. Leticia is a story teller and in this story gives us all a life lesson which we can take away with us. Enjoy!
Life is full of choices. Our choices along with their consequences can tie our lives into knots. I love this story told to me by Barb, a great friend, who has allowed me the honor of sharing it with others.
“Make sure you make your bed before you leave”, was the statement heard each morning. It wasn’t really something that had to be repeated; it was however, something that she meant for Barb to do.
This particular morning, the sun was shinning, birds were chirping and things were going great, so who wanted to stop and make a bed, not Barb. Besides, she saw everyone out early and wanted to join the fun. Off to the bus stop she skipped, bed unmade.
Barb’s mom on the other hand meant, make your bed before you leave. She had a lesson in store for Barb. Barb does not know, yet it has been discussed often, how long her mother waited for this moment.
Mom went through her daily routine, cleaning, dusting, laying out dinner and tying knots. The lesson began with pulling off the bed sheets as Barb’s mom washed them and while still damp she began tying knots. One at a time, she tied a piece of the sheet, pulling and tugging each knot until the sheets were one big ball of mess. From her perspective, Barb’s mom was just having fun and making an impact on her daughter’s future. Now these were not just loose knots, these were tight, set in, fingernail – breaking knots, get the picture.
Impact it did. Barb raced into the house as usual and asked for a snack. Without raising a voice or missing a beat, her Mother simply stated “go make your bed, you should’ve done as I asked.” Knowing from the monotone voice, she was not in the mood for argument, off Barb flew.
Imagine the surprises when she reached her room with knotted sheets lying in the middle of the bed. Not a sheet in knots, all the sheets, top and bottom, together, in a basket ball size of knots. Barb was not happy.
As Barb started complaining and looking for other sheets, her mom simply stated. “I asked you to make your bed before leaving, did I not? Now, go make your bed with the sheets that are in your room.”
“Yes, ma’am,” was the only answer Barb could force. Then, back to her room to untie the knots. After what seemed like an eternity, she finally had the last knot untied and the bed made. She then went to let her mom know she had completed the task.
Barb’s Mother then began to explain. “When things are left undone, you begin tying knots, one by one. These knots get tighter and tighter, more and more until one day, when the time comes when you are so tied up, you don’t know where to begin to untie. Today was your day to start untying your knots for yourselves; these won’t be the only ones you encounter in life. However, if you are honest and take care of your own tasks you can keep your knots throughout life to a minimum without having to go back untying all the knots you created,” she explained.
“If I had made your bed for you, you would have half-heartily said, thank you and I would’ve missed the opportunity to teach you a valuable life lesson. So, thank you for allowing me to be your Mother and tie your sheets in knots. Now, tomorrow, will I need to remind you to make your bed?”
Sure Barb’s mom could’ve simply made the bed, and maybe she should’ve, yet then Barb would’ve been missing a valuable lesson and we would’ve missed a great story…
Leticia G. Dominguez is a Certified Life Coach, Speaker and Author. She recently published, The Little Book of Luck; Luck is Simply a Choice. Leticia G. is best described as an inspiring, understanding, compassionate coach who motivates her clients to create their masterpiece of life by having purpose filled visions, goals with accountability. As she writes and speaks, Leticia engages her audience with enthusiasm and joy. She describes life as a journey and through her personal experiences gives examples with stories that make one laugh or cry. Find out more about Leticia at www.joyislife.com.