Work Ethic

Hanging above my desk:




I will.

I was with friends one day talking about whatever it was we were talking about.  And one friend said he tells his children, when doing their chores, that they will do them “immediately, cheerfully, completely”.

I thought about that for days.

One day I called him and asked him to repeat what he had told me.

I wrote it down.

Added the “I will” and posted it above my desk.   It’s been there for a few years now.

I’ve managed to master the “immediately” pretty well.  I don’t like putting off things I am not looking forward to doing.  It seems if I do it and get it over with I am much happier.  I don’t have to spend all day with the dreading of it.

I am almost anal about “completely”.   I like to check things off.

Work Ethic

Work Ethic

Cheerfully, I can’t say I don’t get grouchy or grumpy.  But I do like to treat my coworkers kindly.  And any uncheerfulness is usually in regards to something totally out of my control.  So I need to learn to let that go.

But I thought my friend’s words of direction for his children made for a good rule of thumb in regards to work ethics.

I like sharing words of wisdom.  Which means they weren’t my words.  But I was wise enough to appreciate them.

And on an unrelated and random as can be  note:

I plan on eating some chocolate peanut butter ice cream this evening.


I will do so, immediately, cheerfully, and completely.



44 thoughts on “Work Ethic

  1. Very wise words. Well worth following. I think I may follow you in regards to plans for ice cream, too. Immediately, cheerfully, and completely. I will. 🙂


  2. Kudos to you for your dedication – practicing what you preach! Very good life teaching there… As for the ice cream, one friend was missing. It should read, “I will do so, immediately, cheerfully, completely and Koji.” 🙂


  3. i spent the whole post saying mournfully to myself ” I rarely do anything completely” until the very end when you spoke of eating the ice cream, then I thought “Actually some things I do do completely!”.


  4. Colleen, This post has many meaning, probably as many as you have readers. I immediately related it to some of the meals my wife cooks. Believe she is a wonderful cook, and I truly enjoy 95 pct of what she cooks, but for those 5 pct, I immediately eat everything on my plate that I like the least, using the rest of the meal to clean my palatte, while cheerfully telling how much I love this particular meal, and how it is always completely cooked the way I love it. Take care, Bill


  5. I love these words of wisdom! I am writing them down and presenting them to my kids! Also, I see what you mean about the ice cream. Not only is ice cream one of my biggest down falls but my husband brought home a peanut butter/chocolate ice cream last week which I have never had. It was the most amazing thing! It is gone! I finished that off Immediately, Cheerfully and Completely!


    • OH MY GOLLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Melissa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THAT IS MY FAVORITE ADDICTION! I mean, ice cream. That stuff is incredible. Two cartons purchased Saturday, two cartons gone by Monday night. No shame!!!!! 😉


  6. It is a good thing you saved that ice cream comment to the end of your blog post. Seriously nod nods. If it was the first thing, I do not think I would have noticed the other good parts of the blog!


    • Oh Marsha, I can’t take credit for this one. My friend is truly the one who said them (I just don’t assume I can use his name). Don’t you love it when something just makes sense?? And helps?


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