Back with another edition of The Art Of Homemaking Series we examine The Role of Perspective in Homemaking and how to find Contentment at Home.
Today is another ordinary day at home. I will likely be spending my time doing repetitive tasks. Most will need to be redone tomorrow.
Every day seems to begin about the same. There is a slight difference though. Which seems to be within ourselves. We face each day with a perspective often influenced by our moods. And that perspective will determine how we feel about the tasks ahead of us. If we see them as mundane and negative, then chances are, they will feel that way when doing them. They will seem never ending.
In todays world it is easy to feel inadequate. A quick glimpse at your phone and suddenly someone elses life seems much more appealing. They have a better home or are doing more exciting things. Getting more done. It stands to reason that this perspective needs to be protected.
Today I want to share with you some things I do to help me keep my perspective in line with contentment and away from discontentment.
Of course, the most obvious thing would be to limit social media especially on those tough days to keep yourself from falling into the trap of comparison.
However I find by implementing a few minor daily things it can help grow our sense of joy and contentment within our homes.
A small but mighty force. To feel that sense of gratitude deeply might not come to all of us so easily. Gratitude is defined as the quality of being thankful. A readiness to show appreciation. Most of us have an abundance of things to be grateful for. Often times it is just having the intention of noticing them that can feel us with a deep sense of gratitude. The practice of writing down our blessings maybe as we sit with our morning coffee, can help bring your mind into a space of gratitude.
The next is slowing down
We seem to have been taught that being busy enhances our importance. That our days should be jam packed from start to finish. But the hard truth is, we are missing life and replacing it with rushed events, errands and tasks. Frequently leaving behind mediocre work from our hurried efforts. I find that doing one thing at a time helps bring me into the present moment and the outcome is usually a much better result. Give yourself space to sit in the quiet. To focus on individual tasks instead of many at once.
And finally scripture
Reading the word of God daily has contributed to a deep sense of joy and contentment in my life. Nothing makes me feel the way Gods words do. When I am having an off day, I try to remember to read His word and it immediately brings me peace. During the pandemic I often went back to these words.
“Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if any thing is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things”- Philipians 4: 8
These words serve as a reminder to focus on the goodness around us.
Dale Carnegie writes ” It isn’t what you have or who you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy, it is what you think about it.