Pardon me for what I’m about to share, but this illustration is just too applicable to pass up. My youngest son struggles quite a bit with constipation. I believe there are many culprits contributing to this including his love for cheese, his dislike for water and his love for cheese. Did I mention he loves dairy? On many occasions the child has experienced quite a bit of discomfort, ahem, when “taking care of business”. I have explained to him time and time again that he must drink water so that he doesn’t have to go through said pain. And in the middle of the pain, he agrees and declares that he will indeed drink more water. But, he doesn’t always comply even though I bought him a cute water bottle with his name on it. Pashaw. Just the other day he was in the restroom and he yelled, “Mom, bring the water!” I went in to check on him and he told me that it hurt and that he wanted the water to make it better. I gently let him know that having water right then and there would not help but that he would have to have it every single day. Insert moaning and crying from a 5-year old little boy. Isn’t that the way it is? Don’t we know we should do something and then don’t and then when we suffer pain, we want the water RIGHT THEN AND THERE to take away whatever it is that is making us miserable? I mean, we know that we should be doing that thing but we don’t. Then, the pain arrives and we start yelling for the water because we can’t endure it. UGH. I don’t know what it is for you, but imagine there is something that you should be doing but aren’t. I know I have that in my life. My challenge to you today: Don’t forget the water!