Some time ago, I came across a really nice blog – and then my computer unexpectedly turned itself off. I didn't save the link. I don't even remember what it was called. What a shame!
I do remember it featured one quote that spoke to my heart (again, I have no idea where it was from, and forgive me if it's inaccurate). It went like this: "How we spend our days is ultimately how we spend our lives".
And it got me thinking – how do we spend our days? More often than not, doing normal everyday things – doing household duties and looking after our family; occasionally, reading a book, meeting a friend or some other activity.
Then it hit me. I'm spending and going to spend a big part of my life shopping, cleaning, cooking meals, washing the dishes, and – if God has it in plans for me – staying up late at night and changing diapers. I can be efficient and save some time while doing it, but it will still be a major part of my schedule every day.
How often, I asked myself, do I rush during my morning prayers because I want to hurry up and do things as quickly as possible? And when I start doing what needs to be done, how often do I walk around with a sour face and grumble?
… That means I spend a significant amount of time in unnecessary hurry and with very little joy in my heart. This is how I spend my days, meaning – this is how I spend my life. What a waste!
I decided I am going to do my best to be more joyful while I do simple everyday things, try to enjoy doing them – as much as possible - and take more time to do each of them. Sing while you're cleaning, Anna, I told myself. :-)
I can't say I will never feel tired or frustrated again, but developing a positive attitude sure works! No, the pile of dishes in the sink will not start washing itself and the laundry will not automatically become clean and dry, but does it mean I shouldn't feel contented?