I’m a SAHM. (I think that’s funny … the first time I ever saw that was on a blog a few years ago and had to google it to know what it meant!). Or, Stay At Home Mom for those who didn’t know what those letter stood for, like me! Well, I actually work a part-time job and have since having kids. Other than working outside the home, I work inside the home. I enjoy that. Well, the home part, not all the work part. One thing that I do over and over that sometimes I just REALLY have no motivation for is cleaning.
Let’s Just Be Honest: and start with a confession: I don’t like cleaning all the time.
I know, I know, its shocking. I don’t just love cleaning all the time *gasp*. Well, it’s true. I’m not really sure why … maybe ti’s the repetitiveness of it. Doing the same thing over and over. Or maybe it has to do with knowing I’m going to clean and it’s just going to get messed up again. Like, probably really quickly. There’s usually not a lot of sitting around and enjoying the cleanliness for long periods of time. That typically takes a bit of mental and emotional releasing of control and an *unclenching* of my tight grasp from around what my pretty house is supposed to look like all the time.
But none the less … I do it. Some things we just have to get done. So while getting it done, I change my attitude and enjoy it. I do it while talking on the phone or listening to music. Sometimes I do it all at once and knock it out and sometimes I string it out throughout the day. Sometimes I even do one thing a day over the course of a week. I like to mix it up. And in the end, I enjoy the results: cleanliness; the health of our home and, subsequently, ourselves; serving my family; and for a few short minutes or hours … the enjoyment of a clean, non-messed up room. I’ll just sit in it and look at it for a few minutes. It’s rewarding!
When I really have a bad attitude about it, I call my sister-in-law. I love her. I mean, y’all … I. LOVE. HER. She’s awesome. She’s one of those great amazing friends I spoke of a few days ago. She’s authentic and a joy to talk to. I’ll call her, tell her about my bad attitude and we’ll laugh about cleaning the house and having kids and she helps me refocus my heart into that of joy. I love her for that.
What do you do when you see you’re having a bad attitude about something? Do you have friends to call and talk to about it? Do you pray and ask God to help you refocus your heart on Him and serving others? Having an authentic conversation with God and praying for Him to refocus your heart in those types of situations will always pay off. He’s always there. He’ll always listen. As will a good friend.