I’m pretty good at keeping up with the housework, laundry and meal prep. I work from home, for the most part, so taking a five-minute break to fold laundry or start the crockpot is easy and natural.
For some reason, I started this week ‘behind.’ Why the quotes? Because the truth is, there’s no such thing as behind when it comes to these tasks. There’s always more to do, and you’re never truly done. In my mind, behind is simply the feeling of discomfort that occurs when things didn’t go according to my master plan.
Unplanned day trips in the jeep. So fun!
Bowling with good friends. I broke my all-time score of 60!
Buying just a few (12) more sprouts for the garden. Pure joy!
So, what was my issue again? I have to laugh at myself when I think about the feeling of discomfort. I have memories that you can’t buy. I have peace from stress-free days. I have a great life.
I hope you are laughing at my discomfort as much as I am. Go ahead, laugh! It’s okay!
Life is not about laundry, it’s about experiences and joy. It’s about being with the people you love and being in the moment.
Laundry is what happens in between the fun stuff.
I needed to write this blog for myself Sunday night because when I woke up on Monday morning, I wasn’t thinking about the joy of life. I was thinking about the mountain of laundry that comes from a household where people go to the gym. A lot. And the pool. And work outside in the garden. And…like I said, a mountain of laundry.
Halfway through my grumpy morning, I brought the plane up to 30,000 feet and observed myself. Here I was in a home I adore, with a life filled with joy and I was grouchy about laundry? Cue the laughter again. And my beautiful, silly, slightly jostled brain flashed me a picture of Snow White to make the comedy complete. But let’s be honest, I’m no princess. Maybe more like a dwarf. Prior to that moment, Grumpy. Then a few minutes of Dopey, finally back to my default, Happy.
The moral of this laundry fairy tale is perspective. If we choose to view our life as a To Do List, filled with endless mundane tasks, we choose Grumpy. If we can take a moment to step back from the emotion of the situation, whether that’s frustration, anger, sadness or overwhelm, we can choose our Dwarf persona and change the very nature of the experience.
It’s easy to say, and not as easy to do. Like anything in life from cooking to CrossFit, yoga to mindfulness, relationship skills to running a business, it takes consistent practice.
How do we put this into practical form? I’m so glad you asked!
Hopefully, these tips can help you to be a bit more mindfully the next time a mountain of laundry appears at your house. And now, to play some great music while I fold.