I can barely remember what I did yesterday, let alone wrap my brain around the mountain of things piling up on the to-do list. It has been so bad here lately that I haven’t even wanted to cook. Do you ever have weeks like this – where the thought of making a meal overwhelms you?
I think my kids will walk out and boycott me forever if I suggest hamburgers or hot dogs one more time! I am just trying to use up leftover burgers and dogs from the bbq a few weeks back! There is no harm in that, right? Well, except if you suggest it every night in a given week. The number of eye rolls I saw last week were beyond countable!
Well, fortunately they lived to tell about it. I just couldn’t get my act together and when that happens, I always try to go back to the general rule of thumb of going back to a more simple form of life. All electronics get shut down, house goes quiet and I begin taking away any excess. For me, that normally entails a round up and clean up of school supplies, books, papers and random sports paraphernalia that magically just shows up and are strewn about in pretty much every nook and cranny with quite possibly an audible huff or two of exasperation. And then, of course, the guilt rushes in and the background music of “Trace Atkins – You’re Going to Miss This” begins to play in my head. If you haven’t heard the song and want a good cry, just click on the link. It’s on my favorites playlist now just to keep myself in check! It will instantly snap you back!
So back to leading a more simple life, here are just a couple of points that I thought I would share and maybe it will help you too. But, I am guessing I am the only negligent mom out there who fed their kids the same thing for almost a week straight!
- Clean up time – get rid of anything within eyesight that doesn’t need to be there. If you must stuff anything in a box or drawer to hide it, go for it but a simpler suggestion is just to open a trash can lid and say bye bye forever! = )
- If you are going to make the effort to make dinner for your family, double up and make two and then simultaneously pack lunches with any leftovers. You have just killed 3 birds with one stone. Freeze the extra meal and then you are golden for the next time you are in a slump. Just did this last night after sorrowfully, resorting to making “Eggs in a Basket” for a late dinner for my daughter (the boys had single-handedly devoured every leftover in our house while I was up at school for a couple of hours so as you can imagine, my girl was less than pleased to be left with nothing!) I felt so bad I ended up staying up late and making dinner for tonight plus an extra for the freezer. For shame…
- I think my husband sensed my overwhelment (probably not even a word but you catch my drift!) and felt possibly a little sorry for me so he got up and made breakfast this morning. He was quite proud of himself as he doctored it up with some fresh roasted chilies and it was the best Biscuits and Gravy known to man! (I am just toying with him to see if he is reading this but really it was delicious!)
- Always go back to the basic principle of being grateful for the most simplest things in life. Here’s where this came in handy just this morning. I sat trying to eat my biscuits and gravy but because I was having a bout with my hands this morning, they weren’t functioning so there I sat weeping over my breakfast because I couldn’t even hold a fork to cut my biscuit. The kids just sat there stunned and thought something was really wrong but I finally got myself together and asked my daughter to cut it for me and then we were back in business. It’s in those moments where you just feel like life is overwhelming that going back to a “simple thought” of gratitude – wow, I have hands, they half-way work on this morning and that certainly is better than not at all so buck up and make the best of it. After my little internal pep talk, I got my rear in gear and just started moving and voila, my hands started working again. I don’t know if it’s old age and this is just par for the course or maybe it wasn’t the brightest of ideas to help my hubby install a hardwood floor this past weekend, pounding away using brute force with hammers and mallets that consequentially shell-shocked my hands for a few days. I think that is why you hire contractors! (another mental note for my hubby).
- All joking aside, clear the clutter, go back to the basics and life will pick up again and the feeling of being overwhelmed will subside. It’s just a fleeting moment and it’s all about perspective. In the end, it’s always better just by a simple “thank you” and a simple count of the many blessings in life.
Later this morning, forced myself (and I do mean forced myself) to partake in some yoga time to get my hands limber again and all was soon right with the world. The icing on the cake was coming home to an email from OWN with the best possible news – tickets to attend Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday premiere in L.A. featuring one of my all time favorite authors – Brene Brown along with some other favorites, Deepak Chopra, Iyanla Vanzant, Janet Mock, Marianne Williamson, Rev. Michael Beckwith, Rob Bell, Shawn Achor (Read his book about happiness – it is fabulous!) and Tim Storey! There really are no words and just can’t get over how fortunate life has been lately. Crazy!
Just have to believe that what comes around, goes around. There is definitely something to this counting your blessings tip!
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