Yesterday turned out to be a Monday of Mondays. The day began fine enough–pleasant weather, nice breakfast, and posting to the blog early. I then decided to do some planned yardwork.
The shrubbery trimming task went faster than anticipated. The lawnmowing began promptly at 9:00–the polite to the neighbors limit. The chores were in line to be completed by around 11:00. Then, the mower gave up the ghost. I checked the fuel supply–full. Then the air filter–clean. The sparkplug was clean, too. I repeatedly tried starting the engine but it would only barely run a few seconds. The thing had completely worn out. I’d have to replace the mower.
Due to an hour’s worth of hard work, I was covered with sweat and dust; so I had to clean up before shopping. The first store I checked did not have any suitable mowers. Then I stopped at Menards and found one that was better than expected. At the checkout, the clerk subtracted $40 from the listed price. Of course, this was a happy development.
I came home to eat a short lunch before assembling the new mower. Putting on the handle, wheels, and discharge chute was simple. I added motor oil and gasoline. The start-up was immediate and the engine sounded strong. The rest of the yardwork went flawlessly. After cleaning dust from the new mower, then sweeping the driveway, I was finally done. Although I felt physically tired, the feeling of satisfaction was palpable from the spontaneous grin on my face.
It has been said by many people that satisfaction does not come from completing easy work. It happens after completing a difficult task that demands more than the usual amount of effort. I felt that I had once again personally validated that saying.
“You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.”–author, journalist, publisher (Saturday Evening Post), George Horace Lorimer
Lorimer’s philosophical quote is one of those truisms that is actually true. After working or playing well during the day, sleep comes easier at night. It turns out that satisfaction is a far more effective sleep aid than over the counter pills or potions. In fact, I slept better and longer last night than normal.
There are a couple of tasks I have scheduled today. I’m eager to finish them to my satisfaction. I anticipate a good day today and sound sleep again tonight.
The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes author, chemist, chemical engineer, and educator, Linus Pauling. “Satisfaction of one’s curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life.”