Thanks to the good people at Two Writing Teachers for sponsoring the Slice of Life Story Challenge. Today is Day 13!
I have a niece who is in the process of making some fantastic lifestyle changes. As a result, she is healthy, happy, in GREAT shape, and as an added benefit has lost a lot of weight...81 pounds to date! She frequently posts photos of her "before" and "after"...even though the "afters" are really "durings" because I don't see her reaching an "after". I don't see this as something she will ever be done with. I see it as something that will be a new lifestyle for her, and I am so very proud of her!
I do not have my own "before" and "after" photos...at least not of my physical self...yet! My niece is inspiring me to get healthy, but I am not there yet by a long shot.
However, I do have my own version of before and after. Last night my kitchen and most of my house was upside down and inside out! It's been a busy week and there hasn't been a lot of time for housekeeping. Last night I was of the mindset to just let it go. It's okay to let it go...really, it is. While I do not like to wake up to a sink full of dirty dishes, the world will still spin if I do. But, this morning a burst of motivation struck and before 7:00am I had scrubbed the toilet, unloaded and reloaded the dishwasher, and got 20 minutes of Bible study in. After a night's sleep, the urge to get it going was stronger than the urge to let it go, so I jumped on it while I had it and got it done!
I have a wall hanging stitched by a dear friend that says, "Cleaning the house while children are growing is like shoveling the snow while it's still snowing!" My children are pretty much grown and on their own, but I do remember the days when playing in the backyard had to take precedent over the dirty dishes...it just had to. Young mom friends, your befores and afters only have a set number of years in between them. When it's time to let it go...let it go. When it's time to get it done...get it done. And enjoy all the durings while you're at it!