I recently saw a great cartoon that didn’t make me laugh or even smile. How can that be? Great cartoons always make you laugh out loud or at least chuckle a little inside. At the very least, they make your face break out in a smile.
Not this one.
This particular cartoon simply made me think and think hard.
In the cartoon, you see George Washington as a little boy. The future Father of our Country is standing with an ax in his little hand and a once beautiful cherry tree on the ground…. the deed, done. Apparently little George has already made his admission of guilt – you know, something along the lines of, “I cannot tell a lie. I did if, father.”
His obviously frustrated father says, “All right, so you admit it! You always admit it! The question is when are you going to stop doing it?”
How many of us could star in our own comic strip? Maybe instead of an ax and a fallen cherry tree we have a napkin and a Big Mac. As we wipe our mouth we tell our bathroom scales, “I cannot lie. I ate the whole thing – hundreds upon hundreds of wasted calories.” To which our scales reply, “All right, so you admit it! You always admit it! The question is when are you going to stop doing it?”
Oh, there are other areas of our lives where this same scenario could apply:
- Financial carelessness
- Bad habits
- Negative thoughts
- Poor anger management
- And on and on…
The parent who overreacts to a small child’s infraction only to admit, later that day, that they were way out of line. Their temper got the better of them, yadda yadda yadda. Like little George, admitting a mistake is well and good – it puts the individual in a small minority of “super cool” people.
However, when they’re able to learn from their mistakes (rather than simply repeat them) they experience the much-coveted self growth and the much-hyped self improvement. That’s the point they begin to change their life, as well as themselves, for the better.
I’m sure each one of us had at least one thing in mind when we read the father’s response. Let this scenario resonate in your mind for the rest of the day. Replay it in your mind the next time “it” happens and see if you can come up with an answer to the question, “All right, so you admit it! You always admit it! The question is when are you going to stop doing it?“