The do-ooo-ing is the hardest part

In the 80s, Tom Petty had a song where he crooned that, “the waiting is the hardest part” of life (actually, what he sang was, “the way-ay-ting is the hardest part”).

I always liked the song, but I think the sentiment is wrong. The hardest part of my life isn’t the waiting … it’s the doing.

There are times when we convince ourselves that simply saying we will do something – or saying we believe something – is all it takes.

Helping Your Kids Grow Up Not Broke

I was busted in a big way recently. This past summer, my son started taking on the responsibility of mowing the yard. Now, I like to mow my yard. No, really. There’s something about putting on my headphones, catching up on a podcast or two and mowing my yard that I truly enjoy.

But who am I to stand in the way of growing the economy – and helping my son take on new responsibilities?

When my son asked how much it would add to his allowance to take on this added responsibility, before I could answer, he said, “Two dollars, do you think?”

“Uh, sure,” I replied, knowing a good deal when I hear it.