Nothing so easy

Jeff snapped this photo of me on a Grand Cayman beach, March 2011

There is nothing so easy but it becomes difficult when you do it reluctantly.                         Publius Terentius Afer

While we lived in Hawaii, it amazed me when one of my sons complained, “Do we HAVE to go to the beach AGAIN?” It didn’t matter how often I told him we were lucky to live near the most beautiful beaches on earth.  He didn’t want to go, so in his eyes, a day at the beach was a difficulty to be avoided.

Since we cannot always do what we like, is there any way we can train ourselves to like at least some of what we must do?  Or at least like it a bit more?


  1. This is all too true! I love the quote from Afer. We often turn what should be a joyful, happy time into work and drudgery, thus making our own “problem”
    “ENJOY YOUR VACATION!…remember that one?

    • Carla, yes I remember that! Also this makes me think of Ashleigh Brilliant’s words: “Get out of my way — I’m in a hurry to go home and relax!”

  2. I don’t remember seeing this post. I feel sure I would have commented because no matter how often I try to think of it as fun cleaning the bathrooms just isn’t something I like to do. Hee hee!!! I love the photo.

    • I agree! Some things just have “no fun” permanently stamped on them. In that case, you have to set up some sort of reward system. I can think of lots of possibilities there!

  3. WOW, you look like a movie star out there Julia, like you’ve been spotted by the paparazzi. I can relate to this reluctance when ever I leave my ironing for a week, it only gets worse. Today I will bitterly drudge through it because it’s what I must do but I’ve recorded a funny movie to watch to take the sting out.

    • Yes, I was about to tell you to listen to some music or a book on tape. Digital entertainment makes a lot of chores more bearable for me. Thanks for the compliment on the photo; the secret is to be so far in the distance nobody can see what you look like 🙂


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