Remind Me Again Why I Do This...
by Sharon Davis

I recently embarked on a large
programming project that became
the most frustrating, stressful thing I’ve done since I’ve been in business.

I won’t bore you with the details, but suffice it to say that everything that
could go
did go wrong.

With the deadline looming at the height of the crisis, I needed to call my scripting
guru for a solution -- and I needed to do it quick!

Right at that moment, my f
ive-year-old decided that she was going to self-destruct if
she didn’t have my immediate attention.

Now, mind you my daughter is not the quietly persistent tug-on-your-sleeve kind of
attention-getter.  No.  She’s more of a the-louder-I-am-the-faster-she’ll-hear-me kind
of a gal.

As I approached the limits of my patience (and she hers), I had to decide whether to
make my deadline or to spend some time with her.

I found myself thinking, “Why don’t I work in an office, like normal people do?”  
“Why do I do this?”

The thing is, I really
wanted to play with my daughter.  I mean, wouldn’t you?

... the fact remained that I had a job to do.

These are the moments that make me think it would be so much easier to go back to a
“normal job
.”  Working for someone else, you do your job and then you go home.  
When your workday ends, it ends.  You’re not tempted to get up in the middle of the
night and drive to your office so that you can do that one thing you forgot to do.  
When your office is just down the hall, it’s just too easy to do that.

I’m quite sure that I’m not the only home-based business owner who has asked
themselves this question, “Why do I do this?”

It’s not easy to stay motivated when chances are you’re working longer hours for less
pay (or no pay!) than your “job

And throw in the challenge of trying to be a professional while your children are
arguing over who’s turn it is to use the self-inflating whoopee cushion right outside
your office door and well, it’s a miracle we don’t all just give up and lease office space.

So, why
do I do this?  I think most of all, it’s because I get to decide whether to call a
client, or play with my daughters.

Sometimes I just need to be reminded, and it’s almost always my children who do.

About the author: Sharon Davis is the Mom of two girls, the owner of and
the Editor of the site's monthly ezine, America's Home. In her spare time she reminisces about
what it was like to have spare time. Subscribe to her free ezine here:
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