I remind myself over and over to be present to the things I am called to do each day. It’s easy to be present to my work, chats with the girls and my daily walks with Harry. However, slowing down and being present to the never-ending loads of laundry, meal preparation or that sink filled with dishes is not always easy.
intention for 2018
My intention this year is to slow down as I make beds, fold clothes, cook dinner and wash yet another sink full of dirty dishes. My quest is to find the joy in the ordinary, mundane, never-ending tasks that many of us face every day. Finding joy in housework is not an easy goal, but one that feels right at this time in my life.
You see I am the mother of teenagers. I know the days of mothering my children with them still under our roof are number, and I am determined to bring more joy to everything I do. I don’t want to take one moment of this mothering journey for granted.
When I think of my mother’s life, she never seemed to mind the mountain of housework that faced her each day. She rose every day and dug in. She made breakfast, baked bread, did loads a laundry, cooked, changed beds without ever uttering a complaint. It was her life’s work, and she was present to whatever task was before her.
it’s not a race
While taking caring of our home is not my life’s work, it is an integral part of my life. It keeps our house running smoothly and keeps us nourished and clean. While I have been doing this work for many, many years, I often find myself in a race to get it done.
I believe if I can embrace the gifts in the ordinary then it will be my way of saying thank you. Thank you that I am blessed to be a wife, mother, pet owner and the owner of a home where we all gather and where love resides.
So here’s to washing dishes, folding clothes, making dinner and sweeping the floor, for I come to each of these tasks in gratitude for all that I have and all that I am.