I’d been half-thinking about doing a post about Hope for today, but hadn’t really had time to put my thoughts together. I think this post may qualify anyway (at least for me personally!).
First, I have to give a shout out to the 2 blog posts that gave me this idea. I haven’t even read them yet, just noticed the titles. I figured I’d write this out first and then go read! Be sure to visit these sites:
I first read the title of (lack of) housekeeping (which I read as housecleaning the first 3 times I read it… same concept) and thought, “I need to read that blog post! That describes my house! As a matter of fact, I need to be cleaning instead of blogging!”. Then I scrolled down and saw “H is for Homemaking”. Immediate thoughts… “Wow, that is a much better term!” (no offense intended to the original posters!) Next thought, “Yay! That’s my H blog post!”
Housecleaning brings to mind drudgery… Cinderella without the prince… work that I would rather not do. “Homemaking” reminds me of making a home for my family — an organized home where we can do what we need to do in order to go out to the world to do what we need to do there. (Probably a home where I am not running around saying, “Hurry, we’re late!” all of the time while frantically looking for shoes and keys too!) Thinking of all of these chores that I hate doing as contributing to a peaceful home for my family motivates me much more than thinking of unending housework (and ever-multiplying cat hair).
So… from here on out… I am changing my thinking. I am not going to ask myself, “What housework do I have to do today just to get by?”. Instead, I’ll be asking, “What one thing can I do today to make this home a little more welcoming and peaceful for my family (and myself)?”
I don’t know about you, but that gives me some hope.