3 Reasons I’m Not Paying to Fix My Riding Mower

My son repairing broken down lawnmower

The Broken Things in Your Life Can Be a Blessing

My old riding lawnmower broke down again, and I’m not paying to repair it — at least not this mowing season. The truth is, amidst my swearing and tantrums over this old Sears Craftsman, I’ve learned a few valuable lessons. Here are three reasons I’m not paying to fix my mower.

1 — Quality Instructional Time with My Son

A broken-down lawnmower gave my son and me the opportunity to learn new things — real-life things. We’ve learned how to remove and reattach the mowing deck, replace the shafts and pulleys, and install a new front axle. Unfortunately, none of these repairs fixed my mower, but we’re spending time together learning and talking about life things. A father needs to spend time with his son, and it doesn’t have to be big, planned events once or twice a year. Every day presents 24 hours for fathers with open eyes and hearts to be present in the lives of their children and capture meaningful time with them. Strong relationships are built on the day-to-day ordinary.

2 — Convenience is Soul-Sucking

We live in a remote-control culture and want everything to be easy. Uber Eats delivers dinner, the dry cleaners wash our clothes, a maid cleans our houses, a landscaper mows our lawns, someone walks our dogs, Instacart delivers our groceries, and we can even pay someone to sit with grandma. And when anything breaks, we replace it or have someone fix it. What are we learning about life and the value of hard work? I’m not trying to paint with a wide brush, but as Americans, we try our damnedest to eradicate all forms of hardship.

“Decide to construct your character through excellent actions and determine to pay the price of a worthy goal. The trials you encounter will introduce you to your strengths.”
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My decision to push mow my yard is a purposeful one to embrace a measure of hardship, to shed convenience, and to exercise my fortitude.

3 — Cheaper Than a Gym Membership

Push mowing your yard is a great workout routine. Jeremy explains in his video how walking is “The #1 Exercise to Lose Belly Fat (For Good!).” I’ve lost 30 pounds, but I’ve hit a wall and still carry a few inches of belly fat. The next 5 pounds I want to lose are holding on as relentlessly as leaches. I need a way to bust through the wall, my grass needs to be cut, and I don’t want to spend $300 fixing the riding mower. So, why not push it?

The image below is from the Under Armour Map My Walk app. It’s just a portion of my backyard. My property is .81 acres, and the entire yard took me three sessions, but I walked four miles, burned almost 850 calories, and listened to hours of fantasy football podcasts. I’m early in this approach and hope to report back with amazing results.

map my walk app showing my workout mowing grass

Wrapping It Up

The easy way isn’t always the best way. Sometimes we need to embrace hardship and learn the lessons that life’s challenges can teach us. I can afford to fix the riding mower, but I’ll eventually face difficulties that my bank account can’t handle, and I need the strength of character and fortitude to press on. By push mowing my yard, I train my body and mind at the same time. Viewed in that light, repairing my riding mower costs me more than I want to pay.

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R. Dennis Brady

R. Dennis Brady

Husband, father, Toby’s friend, writer, fantasy football fanatic, beach lover, blessed child of God. Fantasyfootballbullrush.com