Someone Else Will Do It…

I was walking into a store with a friend and I saw cup on the ground. I picked it up and threw it in the trash.

She asked me, “Why did you throw that cup in the trash?”

I said, “I was about to step over it so I decided to just throw it in the trash.”

She then says to me, “I don’t know why you’d do that…that’s someone else’s job.”

On the surface level, she’s right. It is someone else’s job. But it was right there and the trash wasn’t too far away, so I just did it.

Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t go around picking up trash all the time…in fact, I don’t ever go out of my to do it. If I have to step two or three strides outside of the path I’m on, I most likely won’t do it. But if it’s convenient, I will.

One of my intentions is to live in a healthy (clean) world. So picking up a cup off the ground will help make that a reality. There was a kid coming out of the store when I picked the cup up…maybe he saw me and ‘learned’ that keeping your environment clean is a good thing to do.

Who knows…

Anyway, this made me think about another conversation I had a few weeks ago when someone said something very similar. We were talking about something that was indirectly affecting him and when I asked him about it, his comment was, “someone will fix it.”

I think we sometimes live our lives like this… thinking that ‘someone else’ will solve our problems. Whether it’s the government, parents, bosses, etc… this is the epitome of living (un)responsibly…meaning not taking responsibility for your life.

You may be thinking, “hey, it’s just a cup…”

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – how you do anything is usually how you do everything.

Yes it is just a cup, yes it is someone else’s job, but what’s your role in the world you’re creating for yourself? Leaving it up to other people to do things for you or make decisions for you is giving up the most powerful asset you have…the ability to create.

What are you waiting for someone else to do for you?

6 thoughts on “Someone Else Will Do It…

  • April 18, 2007 at 10:25 am
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    I’ve never heard the phrase “How you do anything is how you do everything.” Genius 🙂

    So if I’m late paying my bills, I’m probably late for important appointments too. Or if I sit around the water cooler at work all day, then I probably watch TV all night when I’m at home. And if I dress poorly, then I probably have an unclean house!

    Yes, you have made a very good point with this post! I’ve never thought about my habits this way.

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  • April 19, 2007 at 3:17 am
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    Great post! I get wild when I see people who just throw their cigarettes out the car window without a second glance. Just who do they think is going to pick it up?

    Joy

    selfdevelopmentsecrets dot com/howtogetrich.pdf

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  • April 23, 2007 at 10:01 am
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    I agree – great podcast! Thanks!

    One time I went to a movie with a friend, and she walked away from me and removed a bottle that was behind the wheel of someone’s car, while she was 8 months pregnant! I was like wow, how did you see that? Then told her that I would’ve done it for her, she just said she was more concerned about ‘them’ getting a flat tire than her momentary discomfort. That’s character!

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  • April 24, 2007 at 1:43 pm
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    This is something like I do when I go to the store and we park away from the store and there is a shopping cart that we parked by and I’ll bring back the shopping cart to use to shop. 10/4 Clint Rogers

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  • April 27, 2007 at 11:55 pm
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    i do the same thing with u ,hehe,good job.

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