Dear mom who has lost her joy. Every day is the same, but before we know it these moments will be gone. Let’s find joy in the everyday moments.
I see you, waking up to yet another day. It feels like every day is the same. Day after day.
To the kids we say:
Go get dressed,
Do your chores
You need to focus!
Our to-do list is the same every day and it seems to never end.
We must work, do schoolwork, then clean, then feed the kids.
There is dinner, and laundry and homework.
Errands to run, bills to pay, and groceries to buy.
It. Never. Ends.
It becomes monotonous. And in the end, the monotony can steal our joy. I felt this way over Christmas break. I was tired, exhausted, and sick of the mundane. This made me grumpy, irritable and not much fun to be around. But, then I realized the problem was ME. Instead of embracing the joy in those everyday moments, I was looking at them as ordinary. I wanted more, instead of what I had.
Dear mom, when we let those mundane moments become ordinary, we stop seeing the extraordinary. We take our eyes off the prize and lose our focus.
Before we know it these mundane moments will be gone. That blue-eyed girl will no longer want you to hold her hand. That middle child will be no longer think boys are yucky and your baby will be “doing it himself” and won’t need you to fix it anymore
All those things happen while we are in the mundane. They don’t happen overnight, but throughout the course of little moments.
So, today dear mom, let’s choose to find joy in that pile of laundry.
Let’s find joy in that math lesson that we don’t want to do.
Let’s read THAT book one more time and let’s watch that magic show again.
These moments are fleeting and when looked at in the grand scheme of things are far from ordinary.
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