My husband has returned from his mountain man excursion! He has scads of stories to tell so eventually I will begin a Mountain Man Chronicles here for those of you who are interested in the knowledge he has gleaned. (I hope!)
He spent the past hour and a half dictating his trek into a tape recorder. I was able to listen to some of what he said as I worked about the house. Something he mentioned in his narrative struck me as profound and quite applicable to my life as a keeper of the home.
One of the other mountain men had a saying,
“This is what we are doing today.”
If they were skinning a beaver or making sausage or grinding grain, how quickly they got the work done was not of any concern because…
That was what they were doing that day.
How often do I rush through my day from one thing to the next never enjoying any of it? How often is it all about how quickly I can get something accomplished so I can move on to yet another project (and hopefully, quickly accomplish that project as well, and so on and so on it goes)? How often am I looking ahead to the next task before the first task is finished? Much too often, I am afraid.
How much nicer my day would be if I brought it to the simplicity of that statement…
This is what I am doing today.
I have a mound of laundry…this is what I am doing today. Not this plus 50 other things. Just this. If I get some other things done as well, then kudos to me. If I do not, no matter because this is what I am doing today.
Five days a week, or thereabouts, I homeschool. Is it reasonable for me to think I can homeschool AND accomplish 10 other major projects? Ummmm…no. So, homeschooling and maybe one other project (or maybe not)…that is what I am doing today.
Every now and then my husband has a couple of things he really wants me to accomplish during the day. He’ll write them on our dry erase board as a reminder to me. When I get them accomplished I erase them from the board. How good that feels! He never gives me more than 2 or 3 things to do and that is what I do that day.
Today I am taking the children to the gardens (where my header picture was taken) to enjoy the summer splendor. After that we will go shopping for swimwear fabric (more on that later!) And lastly, we will finish the day out with a visit to see Daddy. I will breathe deeply and I will walk slowly because this, and nothing more, is what I am doing today.
So, I ask you…
What are you doing today?