The monotony of day-to-day chores and activities can sometimes get to me. I have no idea why.
The truth is, regular actions in our lives mean peace reigns. Brushing my teeth, making my bed, grocery shopping, getting my oil changed, folding laundry–none of these things signal excitement or cause me to break into song like a Broadway musical. But they also mean life is normal, routine, nothing out of the ordinary. It’s when challenges come that things really go off track. Consider these:
- Several friends currently battle health crises–either in their lives or a family member’s. Think of the disruption that causes. Doctor visits, medical procedures, thoughts consumed with medical jargon, conversations with loved ones. The list of abnormal occurrences goes on and on in these situations.
- I know folks who are in the process of moving. They’ve added selling and buying a house, packing, researching places to live and job searching to an already overcrowded schedule.
- What about those people who act as primary caregivers for a loved one? Barely any time to themselves, they’ve certainly been forced to streamline their routines.
- A good friend navigates her way down the path of divorce–not something of her choosing. Still, a victim has to go through the motions of dissolving a marriage and splitting up a family, whether she wants to or not.
Maybe my “boring” routine isn’t so bad. Maybe I need to be more thankful for the “dullness” in my life at present. Sure, we have lots going on. My daughter graduates in two months. My older son marries in three. (And while those joyful occasions add a little stress in the form of additional activities, they’re nothing like the challenging trials my friends face.) Work offers daily challenges in time constraints and juggling it all. I have obligations galore at my kids’ school, at our church. But they all signal great things, nothing that upsets life’s routineness.
I’ll be thankful for that. If only for today.