Do you get confused between chores you have to do and chores you get to do? I do.

An example: I’ve been charged with watering our 16 flower pots, which hang from trees and balconies around our house. During the heat of summer, it’s almost a daily job and takes nearly an hour.

I love the beauty of the flowers, even though I don’t know the names of most of them – and those I do, I can’t pronounce. I’ve chosen to call them all petunias.

On days I’m in a funky mood, watering feels like a chore I need to do. I figure I could be reading a book or watching the news or chatting with a friend, rather than dragging this green hose from one side of the house to the other.

When I’m in a happy mood, I talk to all my petunias. I watch my dogs sit under the pots to receive cool drips of water from above. I see dozens of butterflies flutter about and watch six hawks float effortlessly in the sky.

As I age, it’s wise for me to recognize I’m in control of my state of mind.

It’s a real treat, watering all these petunias.

Author: Don Kuhl

Don Kuhl is founder of The Change Companies® and Train for Change Inc.® He has authored hundreds of Journals that have assisted over 10 million people in making positive life changes. While Don was aging (think of a side of beef at a fine restaurant), he managed motel properties, started several sports publications, worked in college and health care administrations and started about a dozen corporations. Some of them failed miserably, a few flourished.