Brad, a young man in his early 20's, enlisted in the military. He reported for duty and prepared himself for the changes he would be required to make. He had been drifting through life and decided that the habits, discipline, and skills he learned while enlisted would help him build a better life later.
He expected grueling physical workouts and mental fatigue. But he was quite surprised at how serious his commanding officer was about bed making. Really?
After a particularly miserable day where Brad failed every single task he'd been given, he felt defeated. His commanding officer saw him sitting alone at the table and walked over to him. He motioned for the young man to remain seated.
"Tough day?" the officer asked.
The young man nodded.
"Have you ever wondered why we make such a big deal about making the perfect bed every morning?" the officer asked. The young man shook his head.
"It's for days like this," the officer continued. "You see, sometimes you are going to have good days. You'll go to bed feeling like you've accomplished something, like you have succeeded. But there will be days like today when you feel that you've failed at everything. When you finally drag yourself to bed, you'll see a perfectly made bed. Some days that's the only victory we have."
Each one of us has, and will have, a day or days where nothing goes right. Every decision we make turns out poorly. Things are going well at home. Physical issues. Financial issues. Days where the best thing we can do is to go to bed and wake up to a new day, a new start, a new beginning.
If you get into the habit of making your bed and having the space picked up and neat, you'll walk into a room filled with little victories that give you the strength - and hope - to start again tomorrow. It generally takes less than 1 minute to make your bed. In my opinion, it's time well spent.