Motivated by Pride

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Viewpoint

Before the summer started, Christina and I talked about accomplishing some things around the house. One project that she wanted me to do was to put up the bike racks in the garage so that there will be less clutter. The months of May, June, and July quickly passed. I had good reasons why the task was not accomplished at this point (I guess procrastinators have a “good” reason for everything).

Then couple of days ago Christina said, “This weekend one of my girlfriends is coming over and if you do not put up the bike racks then I am going to put it up with her help!” Wow! She didn’t have to say anything else. Several things went through my mind:

1) I can’t believe I haven’t put it up yet and the summer is almost over.

 

2) I cannot fail in keeping my promise – I will lose my credibility with the boys b/c I have been trying to teach them about being a promise keeper.

 

3) I refuse to allow my male ego to be wounded by 2 women.

I think it was the 3rd reason that motivated me the most – pretty pathetic huh? Please don’t misunderstand me… I am not a male chauvinist; and women can put up bike racks as well as men, but the thing that motivated me was the possibility of someone else doing what I promised I would do – ultimately it wounded my integrity. I realized how I did not want to look like a fool. Sometimes our pride has to get exposed in order for us to stay humble.

It was about 90+ degrees today but with the heat index, it felt like 100 degrees. As I was finishing the last bike rack and totally drenched in sweat, I was thinking maybe I could have procrastinated for 2 more days :-)