Perspective ::

Earlier this week, my husband went into work before the kids woke up.  Which mean that I single-parented.  I’m not good at that. (Shout out to all of you who do this EVERY DAY).

I get so discouraged when I leave the house with stuff undone (i.e. not ready for the evening when we return).  I pulled out of our driveway feeling frustrated about what didn’t get done.  But then it occurred to me to think about what did.  So, I started making a mental list, which became an actual list.

From 5:00AM-8:15AM, I did the following:

  • Snuggled hubby (TMI???)
  • Brushed teeth
  • Made bed
  • Took vitamins
  • Drank glass of lemon water
  • Did devotions
  • Prayed
  • Checked Email
  • Created game plan to help a friend declutter
  • Showered
  • Did hair & makeup
  • Packed my lunch
  • Emptied dishwasher
  • Snuggled kiddos
  • Made breakfast
  • Cleaned up 2 spills (salt & raisins)
  • Comforted a child after she fell off of her chair
  • Comforted said child’s sibling because he got his Dad’s empathy and struggles big time to see others hurting
  • Got 2 children dressed – in seasonally appropriate attire
  • Brushed 2 children’s teeth
  • Monitored 2 children’s making of their beds
  • Remembered to pack children’s blankets for nap at day care

This list is not by way of bragging.

It is the tool that I use to give myself perspective.

I left the house focused on the dirty dishes that covered the counter, and underneath those dishes is a pile of crumbs.  Below those counters are floors filled with crumbs.  And next to those counters are pans with scrambled egg remnants that are going to be a bugger to scrub off.

It’s so easy (for me) to focus on what isn’t done.  But there are days when I need to give myself some grace and change my perspective.  I’m learning to have eyes to see what should be celebrated and not just what should be fixed.


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