Recently I had the opportunity of visiting two of our sons and their families in a distant city. Both were working on landscaping projects. Even though the work was hard and laborious, the time spent with both families offset fatigue. Smiles and laughter mixed with conversation and words of encouragement to make the time fly by and the task completed. This example made me reflect on how we attack tough or troublesome tasks in our lives. Avoiding or procrastinating a difficult project makes the burden seem heavier than it actually is. It is amazing what some intermittent laughter can do to help move the work along. I re-learned two important principles: (1) tackling a job with many happy, helping hands from family members gets the job done faster; (2) mixing laughter, smiles, and conversation in a group effort turns work into fun.
What other important principles have you learned as you have worked on family projects?