I was reminded the other day about a phrase my Mom used when I was growing up. ” I can’t chew my cabbage twice!” I grew up in a household where my grandfather told me I should chew my food 100 times so I knew her phrase didn’t apply to eating. It couldn’t possibly!
No, this was a phrase my Mom would use when I wasn’t listening, at least that’s what I tell myself now. Truthfully when I look back I ask myself, how can this be? My Mom always told me I was the best kid, very easy to be with and obedient. I’m still not sure what it was all about and sadly I never asked her. Of course if I had, I probably wouldn’t be writing this article. This proves once again there are, No Wasted Moments!
Over the last few days I have pondered the many possibilities. I think it must have been me trying to talk her out of one thing and into another. As it proves out I’ve had many opportunities to use my sales skills over the years in various careers! It must be that, what else could it be?
My Mom was a hard working single Mom who loved me up to the sky and back. The feeling was mutual that’s for sure. Realistically she was most probably exhausted! As a woman who has grown up children with children of their own, MY grandchildren 😀 I can relate to having a career and raising children. Both are demanding. Women are the best jugglers in the world. Every day life demands this of us. Remember, we are the most extraordinary people at multitasking on the planet.
However, there is a price to pay if we are not careful. The moments we should enjoy are clouded over by what we feel we MUST get accomplished. Yes, there are many things everyone needs to do on a daily basis but not ALL are necessary.
What would happen if…
- The beds didn’t get made each day
- The sheets didn’t get changed often enough
- The dust bunnies were getting fed on a regular basis
- The dishwasher was full of dirty dishes as well as the counters and sink
- Garbage was filling up
- Crumbs every where
- Laundry needing to be done
- Toys everywhere
What if everything didn’t get done today? Would the family fall apart, earth stop spinning, the sun forget to rise? Hardly…
Oh, and don’t forget about the guilt…
None of your friends seem to have a problem, they make their children designer lunches, sew/design their children’s outfits, knit their scarves and mittens before the winter comes, and have dinner parties on a regular basis. Oh and don’t let me forget they help out at the school every week. If you can do all these tasks fabulous, but one size doesn’t fit ALL.
Life isn’t for the faint of heart however, we are not superhuman and eventually something will fall apart!
I’m pretty certain no one on their death bed ever said, I’m so glad my house was always spotless, the lawns manicured, the children perfectly dressed and great meals on the table everyday, on top of a high energy career!
“In our lives are special moments that live as their own, the rest is movement with the passage of time.”
― Donna Lynn Hope
There are no wasted moments…