When I look around my house, or in the mirror, all I can see is the big picture.
I get so busy stressing over every little detail of housework that needs to be done (desperately) and every single pound I need to lose that I can’t focus on what needs to be done right now to get things under control.
- The dogs are shedding so much that as soon as I finish cleaning up dog hair off the kitchen floor, there are piles of it on the living room floor.
- There are six people in the house who insist on wearing clothes every day (actually 7, but one does her own laundry) and dirty clothes pile up quickly.
- I’m beginning to think the dishes dirty themselves because there is no way we could be using so many!
- Oh, and to top it off, I’m still obese.
The silly thing is that I have already taken the time to break down the important cleaning projects and split them up throughout the week so I won’t get overwhelmed. I’ve already chosen an exercise program that tells me exactly what to do every single day to get the best results. Here’s the tricky part…If I stand around thinking about all the little details, I don’t get anything done.
So, that’s where I am. I’m surrounded, bogged down, and overwhelmed.
My husband always asks how you’d eat an elephant. The answer? One bite at a time. Today I will make a conscious effort to change the way I look at things. Instead of seeing an entire house in shambles, I will look at my list and just do what it says for the day. Instead of being ashamed of my weight, I will pop in that DVD and just push play. Instead of feeling unappreciated and overwhelmed, I will be thankful for my beautiful, loving family and the home we have to live in.
I have a couple of tools I’m using (besides my cleaning list and workout DVDs) to help me focus on the positives in my life. The first is an e-book called “The 21 Days of Gratitude Challenge” by Shelley Hitz. It gives just an easy little exercise each day to help turn negative feelings into feelings of gratitude. You can buy it for 99 cents on Amazon Kindle right now. The next is a free application I acquired for my phone called Attitudes of Gratitude Journal. All you do is type in what you are grateful for and push the little button and it saves each entry for you with the date and time. When life gets to be too much, I can just open the app and have a list of things to be thankful for.
When it comes down to it, no one is getting the attention from me they deserve (this includes the dirty socks and ceiling fans). I need to slow down, take a deep breath, and remember that “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13 (New International Version)
Yes, even scrub baseboards and 3 sets of power squats. Everything.
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