I feel like I’m reading the same blog entries all over the internets.
I don’t want to clean my house, and I don’t care.
I’m not going to help out at school and I am OK with it.
I don’t want to be organized and that’s fine.
And in reality, all that is fine. Nothing will fall apart if those things don’t happen. BUT, should you really be OK that your house is a sty? Don’t you feel SO much happier with a clean house? Do you really mean to say that you can’t find 10-20 minutes each day to put stuff away and just be a bit more organized? And I’m not here to put guilt on people whose house isn’t clean.
I think my friend Lara hit the nail on the head (as she always does, did I mention I adore Lara?) in this entry. It’s the guilt that isn’t OK. If your house isn’t clean — do you really need to feel GUILTY about it? No! You haven’t broken a commandment, your day was possibly extra hectic, or your baby has learned how to take ALL the books off the shelf in one fail swoop… there’s no guilt needed.
But there should be an attitude that maybe that’s just no OK for every day. Maybe you hope that tomorrow it will be better, especially as you pick up your shreds of the day after going to bed (as Maryanne put so nicely here).
Maryanne, in fact taught a great sunday school lesson on Sunday about Isaiah — who I usually find almost as bad as my statistics class at 3 pm (the only class I actually ever slept through, sorry mom). I love how she wanted us to really apply it to ourselves. We talked about how we can more abundantly feel the spirit in a home that is clean and organized, which I totally agree with. Of course, it’s also more abundantly felt in a home where the mom isn’t screaming at her children…. but I digress…
Anyway, I’m kind of tired of the blogs about how you don’t have to do this or that and that’s fine, especially when I find those things very close to my heart — like helping out in classrooms, or teaching your children.
So, I challenege you to make every day a little bit better than before. There’s no guilt involved and it’s obviously a constantly evolving process, but try to do whatever you can to make the world a better place and then tomorrow, try a little harder. Because as Annie once put so eloquently, “The sun will come out tomorrow….” And your house will also be messy.