Get home from a long day of work.
Supervise three baths.
Get kids to bed.
By the time it’s all said and done, the last thing I want to do is the dishes.
Here’s the conversation I have with myself:
There aren’t that many dishes.
It can wait until tomorrow.
I’m really too tired.
What’s the big deal with dirty dishes?
I’ve learned doing the dishes does matter.
There may not be many dishes tonight, but there will be too many tomorrow. Then it’s,
There’s just too many. Humph!
So the vicious circle begins.
I do the dishes, but there are too many, and I can’t fit it all in the dishwasher. Therefore there are still dishes in the sink. This goes on for a couple days until the sink is finally empty.
Now let’s take a look at how this makes me feel. The first night I don’t do dishes, I feel justified and satisfied with my decision. But in the morning when I walk in the kitchen to get my glass of water, and I’m greeted with a sink with dirty dishes, I feel ashamed.
How can I be so lazy? There weren’t that many.
The next night when I do the dishes, and they all don’t fit in the dishwasher, I’m frustrated and angry with myself.
Why didn’t I just do them last night?
See? The Negative Committee shows up and throws a party.
I have to keep reminding myself that doing the dishes everyday keeps the Negative Committee away.