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I know what I need to do. But I’m tired and don’t want to do it!
Today I have a problem.
I know the dishes need to be washed, but I want to read a book.
I know the bathrooms need to be cleaned, but I want to play UNO.
I know that dinner needs to be cooked, and I’d prefer it be from scratch and healthy, but frozen pizza (cheaper than takeout) is easy.
How do you get the motivation to do what needs to be done? I’m a mother who knows, but do I know enough? It’s not motivating me to action. I know I can’t be perfect, but I don’t know what’s acceptable . …
Today was a depressive day. I just wanted to wear yoga pants, eat cookies, and sleep. Or read a book, since I have young children who need supervision. But I refrained! I did the dishes! I took Guy to preschool! I went to the library and Trader Joe’s and Ace Hardware with kidlets in tow! AND IT HELPED ME FEEL BETTER.
I still cried over the dishes, and cried in the car, and felt overwhelmed and sleepy. I once heard this advice, “It’s okay to feel depressed. It’s not okay to ‘do’ depressed.” You have to shower, get dressed, and tend to normal life, and you can cry the whole time. There are days I ignore this simple advice, but when I can get myself to do something, anything, that one ray of sunlight can help me remember to look up at the sky in gratitude.
Madame Coin lives in North Carolina with her three little boys, a house full of dirty dishes, and a husband who is a PhD student. She recently decided to watch her kids playing instead of Project Runway and to read the Bible and the Book of Mormon instead of blogs, resulting in happiness. She blogs intermittently at http://crosscountrycrunchies.blogspot.com/
This post was brought to you by “up-one-day-down-the-next-where-she-stops-nobody-knows” Emily.
P.S. I’m guest posting over at Play With Your Family. Come over and say Hi! and meet these great ladies, too!