Transformative Thursdays: The Self-Propelled Lawn Mower

Last week when I was mowing the yard, I discovered that our lawnmower is a self-propelled mower.  This means that you pretty much just need to walk behind it and guide it as it mows the grass.  For weeks, I have been “pushing” this mower and exerting so much energy to the point of near exhaustion.  Many times, my husband would ask me why it was taking so long to cut the grass and why I was so tired.  I just kept thinking, it’s so hot outside and it’s hard work.  Of course, he had discovered that the mower was self-propelled and thought I knew that it was.  It would take him half the time it would take me to mow the lawn.  So, you can imagine my shock when I discovered all the hard work I had been putting in was virtually unnecessary.

How many times have you found yourself doing way too much work only to discover it was not even necessary?  Or perhaps you got the same results of someone else who did much less work.  This lawn mower experience reminded me of several key elements we must remember as we move forward:

  • Even though pushing the lawn mower was unnecessary, my experience was not in vain. I had exercised and used muscles that needed to be used.  It was still a good thing.
  • If we fully understand what is required of us and the tools we are working with, we may avoid unnecessary effort. That effort is valuable energy we can save for when it is most needed.  We can also save valuable time—a resource we can never get back.
  • We have many options in life—a push mower, a riding mower, a self-propelled mower, a mowing service, etc.—but we decide what option we will choose. I chose a more difficult option even though a better option was available.  Look at all your options and choose the best one for your situation.

As you’re moving forward, know that every experience is working for your good; have all the information before you jump in; and choose your best course of action!

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~Coletta Jones Patterson

Coletta is an author, life coach, business executive and weekly blogger.  Connect with Coletta at

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