Random thought: Cleaning toilets

I am so thankful today for the ability to clean my bathroom.

Yep, I said it.  I am thankful that today I can tend to my house, tend to my bathroom that I only have to share with my husband, and that I am blessed enough to have that experience.

At first as I walked into the room my thoughts grumbled with negative messages. ” If he would clean up after himself I wouldn’t have to do this. And why can’t men aim better?”  But just as quickly as those thoughts entered I countered them with this.  “It doesn’t matter who did what.  I am in control of my thoughts and how I feel.  Cleaning this bathroom takes a few minutes of my time.  Those few minutes could be far worse, but they aren’t. I have the tools, I have a warm place to be in, and I am thankful that I am able to do this with my body. I am actually happy that I get this chance to do this not just for my family, but for myself.”

Guess what!  As I redirected my thoughts to thinking about the blessings I have and putting myself in a better place mentally, I was cleaning and before I knew it, the task of cleaning my toilet was over and I could move on to something else that I enjoy, like talking to my daughter and being thankful for this snow day with her and my boys. I am not at all angry about cleaning the bathroom or the other chores that must be done.  I am actually looking forward to having the chance to do them!

What chores do you hate doing?

8 comments

  1. I really admire how you were able to put a positive spin on cleaning the toilet. I need to do this as well! Yes, dislike chores, studying, and writing papers, but it means I have a warm place to sleep and can afford to get an education. Being positive definitely makes life better!

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    • Yep, I am guilty of procrastinating of the chores I hate doing. But when I think about some of the other situations I could have found myself in, I would rather be cleaning toilets than siting in jail, walking the streets homeless, or even living a life without the knowing of how to feel joy.

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  2. I have been trying to focus on a positive attitude myself! These last few days have been trying for me, and I am trying to not let it get the best of me. When I think things will go negative, they WILL go negative 🙂

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  3. You know it’s sad. I pay someone to come clean my toilets. It’s the one thing I cannot do – as a germophobic person – even though I know who has been using it, I just can’t do it. I gag at the thought. I also refuse to do laundry. My husband does it. Maybe I should try a more positive spin – but I’m NOT doing the toilets LOL 🙂

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    • LOL, no worries. I completely understand. I have someone come in too and help me with some of the chores. With Lyme, I never know what joint is going to be inflamed and I just realized I have other things I enjoy more. However, like every mother.. there are times when I have to clean up someone else’s oooops.. so why not find a good spin?

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