Motherhood is challenging. It is the most wonderful, exhausting thing I’ve ever done and ever will do. Simple things though that should only take a couple of minutes can now take hours or even days. Take a shower for example. I’m learning the “secret of getting things done” and it is so hard for me to let go because I like routines and having a set schedule and checking things off when complete. I came across this quote by one of my heroes, Venerable Fulton J. Sheen.
“In a very busy life the secret of getting things done is not so much to know what to do, but rather to know what to leave undone.”
With motherhood there will always be something tugging at you, pulling you away from your kids. We are juggling so many things, keeping the house in order and even jobs outside the home. It is not about getting everything done, but doing the most important in the present moment. I’m learning to ask myself, “Can it wait?” And most of the time it can. It’s okay to leave the dirty dishes occasionally in the sink if it means reading your kids a story instead. And that mountain of laundry can wait too, if it means coloring pictures with your little ones. There will always be a checklist of things we need to get done. So…
“The cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow
But children grow up as I’ve learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down cobwebs; Dust go to sleep!
I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep.” -Ruth Hulburt Hamilton