Having been a “stay-at-home” wife, mom and grandmother now for nearly 30 years, I’ve dealt with the pitfalls and challenges of finding purpose and meaning in the most mundane tasks. But the truth is, we all struggle with finding joy in the things that, on the surface, can seem ordinary and even boring…
Having the same “gig” for as long as I have also allows me to really get to know where my strengths…and weaknesses lie. And for me, my weakness is definitely consistency…especially if it’s in the mundane and possibly boring category.
I don’t do mundane very well.
I do last-minute, heart-pumping, ride-or-die super well…it’s just that most of my mom-days don’t include a whole lot of moments that you might see in an episode of “24”.
So while I tend to hear the sound-track of my life something like “The Hunger Games” or “The Sound of Music”…it’s more like an episode of “America’s Funniest Home Vidoes” most days…
But I love my life.
The challenge is in finding the magic in the mundane.
The way I’m learning to do this…and it’s definitely a work-in-progress, is to give myself permission to look at absolutely everything through rose-colored glasses. So, when I hear the Hunger Games music begin to play in my head…then, I need to act like it’s just that important. And when Julie Andrews begins to sing, I can use that to motivate me to not just “clean” the bathroom, but to really make it more beautiful.
How I make the mundane magical is to look at it as my art form…my mission. Because the truth is, it really is that important.
This weekend Byron spoke about how creating margin…breathing room in our schedules allows us to be more generous in our lives. So, if my finances are “in order” then I can be generous when there’s a natural disaster or a friend has a need. If my schedule is not maxed-out, then I can go visit someone in the hospital without grieving over the loss of a few hours.
For me, that was a reminder that every moment in my sometimes seemingly mundane day is important. It may not seem important that I have a neat family room, but it allows me to be present-in-the-moment when a friend needs to stop by and cry on my shoulder.
It’s not always easy to feel approval or gratitude for the simple things that you do each day, but keep doing them and determine to really put your heart into it. Small things done with great love always have an impact.
I’ve had to realize that if I want to have a beautiful life, then I need to have beautiful thoughts and do beautiful things – and even the tiniest, most mundane thing can become beautiful if we see them as important and meaningful.
If I’ve ever questioned this, all I have to do is think about the sweetest moments in my life. They are usually the simplest.
It’s not perfection that holds the most beauty…it’s progress…and peace.
It’s not always just about what we do, but how we do it…and doing the smallest things with the greatest love always has the ability to create magic!✨✨
Peace to you…