Recently I’ve discovered something. Well maybe it’s been building up and just now I am realizing it. I’ve been making changes in my daily living for the past two years. Changes in my exercise. Changes in the amount of stuff I need. Changes in the foods I eat and the amount of it.
Changes in the amount of stress I put on myself to get things done.
Changes in my need to gain each persons approval.
Changes in my need to say yes to everyone.
And there’s an underlying aspect to the success of all of these changes.
and that is Peace.
Finding Peace in each task I take on.
Let me give you example of what I mean.
It kind of dawned on me tonight that I’ve finally found peace with my kitchen clean up.
The kitchen in my house is a very busy place. I prepare three meals a day. No pre packaged foods. Just food, me and some eaters. And what this also means is lots of dishes and pan. Ughhh.
I require a cleaned area. It gives me the shakes if my work area is not clean. I guess I need a clean slate.
I use to rush though dinner because I knew there was clean up! Ughhhh! I remember that.
But some how my changes have taught me to slow down and take one thing at a time. No rushing. I’ve been able to find peace in each responsibility. Why dread what you have to do? Find peace and pleasure knowing you are fulfilling your responsibility.
I remember my mother use to sit and drink her tea and have a cookie after dinner. After the meal, we would all be off to do our thing. My sister would practice her piano and my Mom would sit and enjoy her time. Once she had her time. She would then clean up. Methodically clean up in a very relaxed manner. I noticed this but I’m not sure I understood it.
When my mother comes to visit me she always does the dishes. Mind you I’ve objected but it’s her thing. We hang out together and she does the dishes. I asked recently if she liked doing dishes and she said “not particularly.” I told her about how I had always noticed her calm after dinner and how she peacefully cleaned up.
She said “it is what it is and I try to enjoy whatever it is that I am doing. I can either make it hard or I can make it enjoyable.”
Tonight as we finished dinner, I was not in a rush. The boys installed my new printer in the kitchen, while I had a bit of chocolate. Feet up. Then I sat with Ryan as he read his new book to me for a bit. Adorable. Then I got started. I took my time. I had some music on. I was at peace.
I think this is the stuff that feeds happiness.
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