Cultivating Gratitude in finding Satisfaction

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I don’t know too many people who wake up in eager anticipation of cleaning the house.
“Yea! I get to clean the toilets!” Nope? Not you? Me neither.

One thing I will say about house cleaning, once it is done, I have a profound satisfaction in sitting back in my freshly cleaned home and enjoying a few minutes of enjoying a job well done.

It is a small job. It is generally a thankless job. It is a personal job. One person’s measure of clean is another’s nightmare. But it is a job where I enjoy the finished product, until it gets dirty and I have to start again.

So today I made a bit of a game of things. I put on Frozen and dusted to “Let it Go”. I had the kitchen fully finished by the time Anna threw the snowball at the snow monster. The bathrooms were finished by the time Anna was thawed out and Hans was dumped in the Fjord. So next was Despicable Me 2, and I was finished vacuuming by the Cinco de Mayo party.
A load of laundry folded and put away, and the pantry straightened out with a new grocery list finished by the time Lucy and Gru get launched on the shark.

It is easy to dread having to do the endless, thankless chore, dreading the maintenance of life is drain.

I’m determined not to have too many drains in my life. I want to flow like a fountain, even if I’m pumping the same pool of water continually. Keeping that gratitude and energy flowing is worth the effort.

Today I’m grateful that I am healthy and strong enough to clean my home. I’m grateful that I’m done cleaning and get to enjoy some quiet before the boys get back, and the kitchen becomes dirty again.

Whatever chore you are facing, I hope you will take the time to do it well, and smile in satisfaction when it is done.

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