I admit it.
There are times when I just want to sleep in, but my kids won’t let me.
Or times when I just want to watch a football game without having to answer a hundred questions.
Or just be able to go to the toilet without someone yelling “Daddy!” and interrupting my fortress of solitude.
There’s no doubt that my kids can be a pain at times, but if that’s all that I focus on, what a miserable person I would become.
They may be an inconvenience sometimes, but being a dad is an enormous privilege as well.
Their amazing smiles, their musical giggling, their boundless energy, their thirst for knowledge, their quirky sayings, their bizarre dance routines and their loving affection.
There’s nothing quite like it.
This is what I’ve learned.
If I focus on the inconvenience, being a parent is a pain, but if I focus on the wonderful aspects, it’s a privilege.
The same is true of many other aspects of life.
Some clients can be a pain, but it’s a privilege to be able to do what I do.
Disciplining myself to sit down and write isn’t something that I always feel like doing, but I count it an honour to communicate my thoughts.
My evening reading ritual can get in the way of other activities that are more gratifying in the short-term, but to be able to constantly learn from others every day is an amazing opportunity.
Even looking after my health can be a pain at times, but I count it a privilege to be alive and need to look after myself so that I can maximise the contribution that I make to my family and the community.
In many ways, life is both a pain and a privilege, but it becomes the one that you focus on the most.
Which is it for you?