Things I Want My Son To Know #15 ~ Work For What You Get

So, I was standing in line at a store and I saw a t-shirt. As a matter of pure digression, its amazing that everybody in the world seems to be wearing a t-shirt with a message of some kind. And some of the messages are really amazing, as in things that I would think people really would not want to advertise, but that’s what makes America great. Anyway, I was standing in line and on the back of a t-shirt in front of me it said … “you get what you work for, not what you hope for”. What a true and wonderful thing.

This world is just filled with “get rich quick” and schemes to do this or that. Many of them say that you don’t have to do much of anything, you don’t have to work; things like that. Anybody or anything that tells you you can get something for nothing is almost certainly lying to you. Everything takes work, everything takes practice. Even winning the lottery costs a dollar to buy the ticket; and you know the odds are millions to one against you.

It is a wonderful thing to have a dream, to have hopes, to have a vision of what you want your life to be. But understand that you will have to work to get there. Nobody will just hand you the life you want. And most of us had to work at many things we didn’t enjoy before we found the thing we wanted to do , or the life we wanted to have.

When you work at jobs you don’t love you learn about what a dollar is worth. When you are sweaty, hot, tired, over people and your feet hurt, your paycheck means a lot. And in the beginning, when your paycheck is pretty small, maybe you will learn how to budget your money, how to pay your bills and make it last. As you work harder and make more, you will have more of the things you want, but you still need to budget your money, pay your bills and make it last.

Work isn’t always fun and it certainly isn’t for sissies. But it is the only real means to an end. This is an old fashioned idea, it seems; everyone seems to think they are entitled to “things” without work these days. The world just doesn’t work that way and getting stuck in that kind of thinking will just keep you stuck. You should be open to all kinds of ideas for “work” and try whatever feels right to you but in the end…you need to keep your dreams and visions and hopes for your future in front of you. If you work hard, and keep your hopes alive, you will get the life you want.

Practical Advice For My Son #1 ~ How To Iron A Shirt

Do the collar first. This is important because if you try to scootch the shirt around after you have done other parts of it in order to do the collar you will wrinkle it back up. So do the collar and the band. Then do the yoke. Put each shoulder over the skinny end of the ironing board, one at a time, and iron those flat. You can get the top part of the fronts this way too. Then do the sleeves. You have to lay each one flat with the seams lined up and try not to press to many wrinkles in down by the cuff where the shirt gathers. Use the tiip of the iron there and go delicately. Then put one side of the front on the board with the skinny end of the board up into the shoulder. Iron one side then the other. Then go around and iron the back. Voila you are done. So you see, it is very hard to describe how to iron a shirt. It is easier to iron the shirt. Keep your iron filled with water to line and if it is a cotton shirt, iron it hot with steam. Polyester will melt if you iron it too hot (good to know for pants which may be part synthetic and many shirts are a blend which need a slightly lower heat). Heavy cotton can be sprayed with water to ease the wrinkles but don’t soak it or it will scorch if the iron is hot. Didn’t know there was so much to it, did you! Like everything else in life, ironing a shirt takes practice.