Marriage and Family, Reflection

Distractions, Clutter, and Crumbs

Today has been a beautiful day outside. I’m so glad I was able to enjoy it for 30 minutes as I completed my morning walk. I should have just come home, packed a picnic lunch, and taken my family out of town for an all-day outdoor field trip to enjoy the beautiful fall weather! There are many days when I wish I could just stay outside all day. I can remember those times when I would spend all day at the beach, or just spending time outside with friends or family.

The pastor of the church I attend spoke on “Overcoming Distractions” today. Unfortunately, I did not make it because of all the distractions at home. Unfinished homework, unfinished laundry, and unfinished chores. I could not convince myself to stop my “auto-pilot” way of thinking and just get away from all the distractions at home. My choice. My regret.

One consolation in all of this is that I do have a choice. I can decide to allow the distractions to take over my day, or I can decide to become the ruler of my to-do list. There will always be distractions, there will always be clutter, and while my children are living in my home, there will always be crumbs, too.

It’s inevitable. Nobody lives in a model home. Well, if they do, then they either have too much time on their hands, or they don’t have children. Case closed. For those of us who do not live in Perfectville, we can relax (I am saying the mantra as I write: relax, relax, relax) and just take a break from all of these distractions. After all, if I continue to focus on all the clutter and crumbs, I will miss the greatest opportunity that is standing right in front of me… my family, who so lovingly reminds me of their presence by the crumbs they leave behind.

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