(The dishes the morning after a baby shower. Note here that I didn’t take one picture at the shower—shameful—but I did take a picture of the dishes a day later 😉
Liz is usually our resident expert of homemaking around here, but when I posted this post about sewing, I said I’d later share some thoughts about how I have learned (and continue to learn) about overcoming the mundane tasks of running a house and raising kids.
But let’s face some facts here. My house doesn’t always relflect this advice….and I still struggle with this topic regularly, so please take it for what it is worth to you.
“Be greatful for the mundane.”
This lesson was taught to me when my oldest was about 6 months old. I had always worked during our early married life and so finding myself at home with a little and adorable baby was so great….but at the beginning was also so hard. I remember planning and spacing out little errands each morning so I wouldn’t feel trapped in the house everyday (now I THRIVE on the days I don’t have to go anywhere—what a funny thing it is about how life changes). Anyway, one day I was whining and complaining about the aspects of motherhood that were SO mundane; the diaper changing, the dish washing, the washing and folding of every load of laundry. Then rinsing and repeating. Every. Single. Day.
But gratefully I was complaing (and/or severely whining) to the wrong person. Because this hero of homemaking looked me straight into the eyes and said, “Be grateful for the mundane.” She went on to explain that she loved the mundane tasks of homemaking and motherhood because her mind could go to higher places. She could think about each of her individual children while doing the dishes, plan and prepare of how to better raise them, or pray for a struggling loved one while folding the laundry…..because they were all mundane tasks and didn’t require her mind.
What a new perspective for all my whining. Here I was absolutely resenting those tasks, while she was so grateful for them. And it changed my life…..
No, not everyday am I grateful to fold laundry that half the time are clean clothes because my six year old changed her clothes three times that day–but it really does give me a new perspective to the fact that I can do other things while I am doing the mundane—I can take my mind to a higher place.
P.S. I do have a couple more pieces of advice to share from others, but this post is getting so long–I will leave you to chew on this one, and save the others for another day.
Your thoughts for the day—-
How do you overcome the mundane?