Using My Powers For Good

Habits I have countless habits. Some bad, some good. I don’t bite my nails, but I bite my lip. I vacuum regularly, but I never make my bed. The list goes on and on. However, there’s one habit I have that could go either way.


I rationalize.


This habit has been with me since birth, I’m sure, but it became, shall we say, pronounced when I became a mom. When you spend all your time telling a smaller human being how to be a human being, you feel this oppressive need to be a good example.


But then you’re left alone and realize there is no one around to tell you what to do. No one for whom you have to be that good example. In fact, you can be a bad example because only the cats are watching and they’re not likely to put off something like washing the pots and pans one more night just to lounge on the couch with a bag of Famous Amos cookies. Or the equivalent of that in the cat world.


Not that I’ve done that. Ahem.


TheSkinnyDip4 Tonight, I rationalized big time. There’s a chain of frozen yogurt shops around my area, all carrying different flavors every day. On Facebook I can find out what flavors are where. The flavor I wanted, yellow cake batter, was only at the store that is about five miles (or more) from my house.


I really wanted that yogurt. But if I went home and ate a sensible dinner, I’d never go back out to get it. I could swing by on the way home, but that would require taking the more annoying, higher-traffic route and I didn’t want to do that. Then I remembered something. That shop is right by the library. The library where I need to return this audio book I checked out last week.


Rationalization achieved.


I had a reason to be over there. In fact, I would be killing two birds with one drive by returning the audio book AND getting the yogurt. So I did it. But then, while enjoying my yogurt on the drive home, I started to think. (Always dangerous.)


What if I were to use this power for good?


Typing What I really want right now is to be published. To do that, I have to write a really good book. Or two. Or ten. The only way to do that is to write every night, as much as possible. Really put my nose to the proverbial grindstone. I think it’s time to start rationalizing the missed television shows, the laundry still sitting in the dryer (might have already done that), and the cats sitting impatiently behind me waiting to eat.


All those things can wait, because I’m writing.

11 thoughts on “Using My Powers For Good”

  1. Sabrina says:

    Love this post. As cute and fun as it is, it’s also wonderful insight and gives me something to think about today.

  2. Terri Osburn says:

    It’s funny, Sabrina, I say I want to be published (and I do more everyday) and yet I don’t always go after it with as much determination as I went after some frozen yogurt.
    There’s something wrong with that, ya know?

  3. It can take us a while to figure out just how much we want something. And with writing, and being published, it takes a lot longer to accomplish, so it requires us to be determined for a really long time! It’s easier to go get yogurt (or coffee!), because the payoff is quicker–instant results.
    I’m glad to see you’re so determined with your writing. 🙂 It’s inspiring me too.

  4. Terri Osburn says:

    This “want” has been a long time coming, Donna. LOL! Hellie likes to poke at me about it. In the beginning it was “I’m only going to write for fun.” Then it turned into, “If this turns out well I guess I could try to send it off but I’m sure nothing will happen.”
    The journey from there to “I will be published, damn it!” has been long and twisty. And I’m sure it will be longer and twistier too, but at least I’m fully committed to the ride now.

  5. Well, I’m sure the library appreciated the return of the audio book and considered that a ‘for good’ use of your powers…
    As for not feeding the cats because you’re writing? That could be really…bad. Pissed of cats can do so much damage! But the rest makes sense! DVR!
    I know I rationalize not working on new MS because I have so many old ones I could polish instead… We all have our demon rationalizations.

  6. Terri Osburn says:

    The library thing was more a rationalization because there’s a branch maybe a mile from my house where I could have returned it. Didn’t have to actually go to the Central library branch. 🙂
    That cats got fed. Though Caelen is starting to flip me out. she appears out of nowhere and when I turn around she’s right there, staring at me. It’s creepy.

  7. Ah, her alien nature is rising to the surface now that the ‘young one’ is out of the house…
    Bwah ha ha!
    (Wonder what the cat equivalent of a good evil laugh is?)

  8. Terri Osburn says:

    Meowowowowowowow would be my guess.
    She is more relaxed at timed with Kiddo walking around. She’s very suspicious of Kiddo. I put her bowl of food down yesterday, which she was screaming for. Mouthiest damn cat. Then I walked to the stove, turned, and she was RIGHT there. Sitting and staring at me while Bumbles scarfed down his food.
    You know that USPS commercial with the family afraid of the clown figure? That’s what she reminds me of.

  9. Renee says:

    I wanted to run over here and say hi!!! I think you’ll remember me. I know it seems as if I’ve fallen off the planet. I haven’t. Life and writing hasn’t left much time for socializing, but I’m trying to jump back in.

  10. Terri Osburn says:

    Hey there, Renee! I was just thinking about you last week and checked out one of your blogs to make sure you were still around somewhere. You’re life was always crazy, and always made me feel like a slacker. 🙂 We’re happy to have you back anytime you can make it!

  11. Oh, man! That UPS commercial? That is one seriously spooky cat then!

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