Laundry. Ugh. I can’t anymore. I think it’s almost everyday that I feel overwhelmed by the simple, but daily chores of life. Like dishes, laundry, and showering.
I know they have to be done, but I don’t want to. At. All. Ever. Isn’t it enough that I clean myself? Do I have to clean the clothes I wear and the dishes I eat off of? Yes, I know. Hygiene.
Don’t worry guys. I shower on a regular basis and clean my dishes before using them again.
But some days I wish I didn’t have those chores and could do more of the things I wanted like read, write, or take an extra long bath with no interruptions (like curious puppy children).
I have realized the mundane tasks in life try to take over and push aside the challenging and risky tasks in life. But I don’t thrive on doing my laundry or dishes, but on doing meaningful and challenging work. That is true for all people.
We are meant to be challenged and take risks. If we don’t we become bored.
The problem is we become so wrapped up in the everyday chores and errands that we think we don’t have time for anything else. The truth is we don’t make time for them. But if we are going to have meaningful filled lives we must make time for things that are important to us.
If I want to write then I have to set aside time for me to do it everyday. I can’t expect it to naturally happen or be easy. If I don’t create some space for my writing in the mornings 9 out of 10 times it will not happen. It’s not that I don’t want to write, but my brain is done for the day when I get home for work.
Another example is my quiet time in the mornings with God. If I don’t get up in the morning it will not happen that day. Life is crazy and the dishes and laundry scream at me when I get home.
Chores will always get done because they need to be and don’t require a lot of thought. Other things that require creativity or more of your attention have to be done earlier in the day when your mind is fresh and you haven’t remembered all the stuff you need to do.
You have to create space for the important things in your life or they will not happen.
My day feels off track when I don’t start with reading my Bible and writing. I need them like I need oxygen.
I don’t always feel like doing either of them, but I do them anyway.
What do you keep telling yourself you will do one day?
Today is that day. Do it now.