Shavua Tov, everyone! Racheli here. Summer is here in all of its humid, sweltering glory. That means crazy high electricity bills from the air being on full blast and the washer and dryer working around the clock. I seem to be developing laundry-itis. The kids love their pool, but the laundry is really getting to me. Even though I try to get them to re-use the towels and bathing suits (does that make me a bad and lazy mother, or just very eco-friendly?), the loads just keep piling up. I need to get out of the house more.
Actually, that's another part of the problem. I have been getting out of the house; too much, in fact. Drive kids to school/camp. Go food shopping. Take hubby to work. Go home and do dishes. Straighten up house. Throw in another load of laundry. Fold the loads that have been sitting all crumpled up on my couch for the past two days. Go food shopping at another store. Pick up kids - at three different times. Take kid to after-school program. Take other kid to tutor. Pick up kid from after school program. Pick up kid from tutor. OMG what about dinner?? Bathe all of the kids! Bedtime wars for an hour! It's a day of insanity!
I'm pretty sure that for most of us, almost every day is like this in one way or another. We all have so much pressure and demands on us, and it's amazing that we accomplish as much as we do without going crazy. Maybe we do go crazy at one point or another, but I think that's normal. So I'll tell you the thought that reset me at the end of this crazy day.
Thank You, Hashem, for the money to pay my electricity bills. Thank You for my working washer and dryer. Thank You my kids' awesome rooftop pool with a killer view. Thank You that I have kids to do laundry for. Thank You that I have a car to drive. Thank You that I can afford after-school programs and tutors. Thank You that my husband has a job. Thank You for the food in my fridge. Thank You for giving me everything I need and more. Thank You for my legs that run around nonstop. Thank You for my health and the health of my family. Thank You for everything that You do for me, Hashem.
It's all about gratitude. Yes. Gratitude really is the answer to everything.
Try it at the end of your crazy day, and tell me how it made you feel!