I was cleaning the floor for the fourth time since breakfast and it was only lunch! I was so mad. It’s not that I don’t appreciate my life as a full-time home manager and stay at home momma but nobody even notices.
Was it wrong for me to want someone to notice? To thank me and gush over how awesome of a job I do? Nobody says “WOW what clean underwear!” But the proposal an executive salesman puts together; everyone is astounded. How many times was I thanked for a clean home, a cooked meal? What about all the menu planning or grocery store shopping? Or what about when I fold laundry or read Goodnight Moon for the fourth time?
My husband is the most encouraging person on this earth. I truly believe this is not a refflection on the lack of that! This time I wanted more credit. I wanted it to matter greater.
What about when I catch a kid by the hand and prevent the fall… or let hubby pick the agenda for the evening even though I want to have a bubble bath and read my book (ALL BY MY SELF).
So many tasks we do in life are not noticed. Brushing your teeth, picking salad instead of fries. Folding the laundry. Wiping the floor for the fourth time. If you didn’t do them people would start to notice. Bad breath, extra weight, unsanitary house or clothes.You get the picture.
If I chose not to wipe the floor in a house with toddlers we wouldn’t be able to move without stepping on goo.
If I didn’t menu plan we wouldn’t eat healthily.
If I didn’t ever give or serve or love back in my marriage that relationship would suffer.
When I do these things no one notices. Everything just trucks along. For some reason, that day, that hour I needed the credit. Just for doing the normal, the mundane, the everyday. I don’t think we give ourselves enough credit sometimes for doing the “suppose” to tasks. The things that if we didn’t do life would fall apart.
Today notice the little things someone does for you. The things that normally go unsaid; make sure you say them and as a bonus….say them to yourself as well! It’s amazing how energized and encouraged your soul can be by just recognizing some of these normal tasks.
Give yourself a pat on the back for being you, for being diligent in the things that you do. (This is not the time to run down the list of what still needs to be done!) Just acknowledge what you have done. If its only just getting out of bed, praise yourself for it!!
Trust me, when you have one kid screaming at you, the other in a melt down and the dog begging to go out… sometimes just getting yourself up should be praised and celebrated! You’re a champ! Your doing life and by the grace of God your thriving!
“The highest reward for a person’s work is not what they get from it, but what they become by it.” – John Ruskin