Wednesday, July 30, 2008
My husband returned from an informative (read: boring) lecture on retention rates and reducing no-shows with an interesting piece of advice about eating toads. What do toads have to do with counseling?
Mark Twain once commented that if you start your day by eating a toad, it can only go uphill from there and if you have to eat two toads, then you ought to eat the uglier one first.
Wise advice from a funny guy. Or is that funny advice from a wise guy? My kids catch toads just about every day and then they make a home for them in the wading pool, including complicated devices for play, food and rest. But, I'm not going to EAT any of those "pets."
Oh, you don't think that's what Mark Twain meant?
Well, I had to eat a few toads today(ewwww). I started my day off with the first toad and as soon as I completed that project, my stomach settled right down.
Midday, I discovered that I had a few more toads to swallow. I tried to postpone them for as long as I could, playing an important game of solitaire, checking the mail, getting a diet coke...and then I finally had to take a big gulp. Funny how the rumbling in my tummy calmed down AFTER I ate the toad - seems counter-intuitive doesn't it?
Delaying the inevitable only makes for extra stress for a longer period of time. Heather preaches to herself: eating toads makes your stomach feel better (not the other way around!)
Ahem. The queen of procrastination is trying to learn a lesson here. Pray for me :)
Posted by Heather@Mommymonk