I genuinely didn’t know a ton about Mother Teresa until just in the last few years. You guys might remember her quote “If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.” had gained some popularity as wall art. I had seen that quote on Pinterest over and over a couple years ago, and it inspired to dive more into her life. I think I shared before, but I’ll share once more that my motto for this year was to “do small things with great love.” One of her famous quotes, that really impacted me. I can’t be everything to everyone, but I can love my family well and do my best to raise good kids. I can purposely bless people in my life, and take pride in that! This relatively simple mind shift has changed my motherhood!
And while that is all well and good, application isn’t always easy! (or maybe it’s just me..) but I’ve had a few seasons where I feel like I do nothing but clean and cook and repeat. My love language is not acts of service, and I’m a 7 on the enneagram. I love fun and quality time. Staring at someone’s dirty dishes just doesn’t thrill me. Especially since.. wait, didn’t I just wash this!?! Sometimes the mundane just brings me down. However, kids are humbling, and I found the answer to my own grouchy heart when I was telling my sons to clean out the toothpaste from the sink. As I was explaining how important it is to do these things with a cheerful heart… I realized this was a lesson I’m still learning.
One way I like to pull myself out of the mundane funk is by seeking out ways to make my trouble spots a little more beautiful. Whether its by adding my dish soap to a glass bottle, or printing out a reminder like this one to take pride in my work! When I view each dish as an expression of love, my attitude is so much better.
“Sometimes the mundane just brings me down.”