"Just do the bad, and think about the good." I would like to say that I came up with that, but it was actually from the mouth of someone a lot younger than I.
So, what exactly does that mean? For that someone younger, it means doing the sometimes boring, sometimes annoying homework, and thinking about your plans for the weekend. It means sitting stiller than you might like in school and thinking about playing baseball after school. It means dealing with people you might not want to and thinking about the people you'd really like to be with.
For those of us on the older side, perhaps it means working when we have to, and thinking about home because we want to. It means disciplining when have to, but thinking about the fun we'll have with our kids later. It means doing all the things that are required of us as grownups, but thinking about all the things that will make us feel like kids. We can't always choose the things we have to do, but we can choose where we put our focus--what we are thinking about. And thinking about--focusing on--the good things makes life seem a whole lot better.
"Do the bad, think about the good." I think this one may get me through many a day and many a night...