Friday, April 22, 2016

Finding Joy in the Ordinary

When I made my to do list at the beginning of the week, one of my goals was to write a meaningful blog post. I've been feeling a little busy and uninspired, and I really wanted to get out of that mindset.

Since starting Plexus in February, I've got so much more energy for the daily things that I had really dreaded previously. Taking showers and giving Reagan baths for instance. Obviously very necessary haha, and they make us feel refreshed and clean, but for someone with chronic illness they also take a lot of energy. Cleaning, cooking, laundry, you name it. I've come to really despise these necessary activities of daily living. I'm used to putting them off because I'm just too tired to do them, and then feeling extremely stressed when I finally get around to it.

I thought once I had more energy I would be so much more fun and happy. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely am! But that is only part of the changes I have needed. Now that I have the energy to get these tasks accomplished, I no longer need to dread them. And I don't as much, but I haven't been happy to do them necessarily. Is anyone? Haha that's for another discussion.

My mindset just needed some adjusting! I'm so lucky that I have a little girl who needs mama to bathe her. We are blessed to have hot running water. How awesome that I have food to cook and mouths to feed. When I think about it that way, the mundane, boring duties calling for my attention are blessings that I am more than happy to attend to! 

At the beginning of the year, I said JOY was my word of the year. Choosing joy is still something that I'm actively working at. It doesn't always come easy. But it's there. And you can choose to see joy in so many plain and ordinary places if you're purposeful about it. 

Commit yourself to finding joy somewhere you've been struggling to see it. Where are you finding your joy?



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