111. Look to the Ant

I woke up later than usual on Monday morning. The time I'm normally up and ready to go for Monday Motivation was all but forgotten. It was cold outside, cold in the house, and it was something about being under those warm covers that made me want to stay snuggled up. But, I knew I had work to do. I knew I had to get up. Yet, I dragged my feet. 

The only thing I could do to find that spark was watch the ultimate motivator, ET. 


It was no surprise that when I logged into Breathe University I ended up in the section entitled: "Grasshopper vs. Ant." Instantly, I knew where the video presentation was going. After all, the "Ant and Grasshopper" fable is a story I can't wait to teach my own students because of its hard work theme. Ironically, I was being convicted about work ethic in that moment. 

If you've been living under a rock or have never heard of the "Ant and Grasshopper" tale, it's a story about hard work and laziness. 

These two pictures are telling and reveal the gist of the story. The hardworking ant gathers food during the summer while the grasshopper lies around playing music and relaxing. Then during the winter, when the grasshopper is cold and hungry, he seeks shelter and food. But where? Yea, we know where. He looks for the ant. 

This story gets to me every time. It reminds me of the the scripture in Proverbs 6 that says:

Look to the ant and consider her ways. Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, gathers her food in the harvest.

How long will you sleep, sluggish one? When will you get up?

With a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands, so shall your poverty be.
— Proverbs 6:6-11

Ouch. That hurts EVERY single time I read it. It makes me want to jump out of bed and get right to work. Seriously, who in their right mind wants to be left out of the harvest? Who wants to reap sparingly because they've failed to sow good seed during work days? Who wants to have an impoverished lifestyle because they've squandered opportunities? Not me!

I understand that there are off days. We all have them. And, I'm fully aware that there are moments when you need a vacation from your vacation. I completely understand that having a day or two to yourself won't harm you and that we all need a break sometimes. But, what happens when you know you have things to do and yet you're sitting around twirling your thumbs? 

In my mind, I feel like I have to earn my "break time." I feel like I need to put in 120% each and every time if I'm going to be like the diligent, hard-working ant who reaps abundantly in harvest. I know what it feels like to completely waste grand opportunities and to upset people willing to give you a chance. I've done that before. I didn't understand work ethic like I do now, and with this newfound knowledge, I'm not about to destroy my promising future. Nope.

Although I ended up recovering from the late start, trying to be as productive as I could be for 14 working hours, it was always in the back of my mind of how much more I could've done. However, like I've said before, I'm not crying over spilled water. Yes water, not milk. I'm going to get back on schedule and get the job done. 

Let's go.