5.16.2014

The Things That Matter Most

Our house is a mess. There are dishes in the sink, dirty laundry piled up by the washing machine, and a guest bedroom covered in wedding presents that have yet to be sorted through. I've woken up every morning this week and said to myself, "I'm going to come home after work and clean this disgusting house tonight." Yet, night after night the house has gone untouched and the pile of dirty laundry has grows larger and larger.

This morning, as I was rushing through the filthy house trying to get ready for work, I hit my limit. I huffed and puffed as I maneuvered my way through the guest bedroom closet to get out a pair of shoes, I cussed out loud as I picked up dirty drinking glasses from the nightstand and put them into the sink, and I rolled my eyes as I picked up a clump of dog hair that had found its way out from under the coffee table in the living room. Enough was enough.

I left the house this morning angry, and as I slammed the door behind me I thought to myself, "I will come home after work and clean this disgusting house tonight."

I wasn't in the best of moods while driving to work this morning (that's actually a vast understatement), but something happened midway through my drive. I started to look back on my week and I realized why my house was in such a state of chaos. This was very busy week for us.

Monday after work I, with the help of the husband of course, purchased my very own car. Tuesday I had the opportunity to catch up with my parents over dinner and drinks, Wednesday I sat with my best friend as she gave birth to her first child, and last night Steven and I spent the evening at the hospital admiring our friends and our beautiful new Godson. It was an amazing week indeed.

So you know what? It is perfectly ok that the laundry has gone untouched. It's fine that there are dishes in the sink that need to be washed and that the bed hasn't been made all week. This week wasn't about keeping a clean house. This week was about making memories that will last a lifetime.

Next year I won't remember how frustrated I was with a dirty bathroom. I won't remember the week I tripped over a pile of dirty clothes every time I walked through the laundry room. What I will remember, however, is crying tears of joy when I held my Godson for the very first time. I'll remember what it felt like to sign my name on the dotted line for my very own vehicle. I'll remember hugging my best friend after she gave birth to an amazing little boy. These are the moments that matter.

So sure, I could go home after work today and mop the floors, or instead I could go have a relaxing dinner with my husband and share a toast to this beautiful thing we call life.
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13 comments :

  1. I'm glad you had such an amazing week! It can be difficult to not be too hard on yourself for not keeping every little thing in order all the time, but I'm glad you could look back and realize the more important things that happened this week besides laundry :)

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  2. I had (and have) so many of those moments right after we got married! I left this morning with two clean loads of laundry on the floor waiting to be folded, dishes piled high, dinner not put up from last night, bed unmade, and while I'm sitting at work stressing about it, I am in your same boat! We had dinner with two of our great friends two nights this week, I have been helping plan for my best friend's wedding tomorrow, and I got to go hang out with my parents. So glad to know I'm not alone, there!! haha. :) The laundry will be forgotten, but seeing your Godson being born will be a moment you cherish forever!! :) So exciting for all of the great things going on for you guys!

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  3. Amen sister!!! You had some pretty amazing things happen this week!! We all have these moments, but the laundry will still be there no matter what - but that baby will only be born once!! That you can never get back!! The house will get clean at some point!

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  4. Such a great reminder. This was something I needed today. Your good at writing things that I need to read. It's like you read my mind! lol! Have a good weekend... the cleaning can wait! ;)

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  5. Very true and very well written!! I'm going to have to keep this post in my head today when I get home from work and face my house 'cause it aint gonna be pretty!! :)

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  6. Couldn't be more true! Very well written Morgan ! It is a great reminder that life is too short and we should spend every minute we can with the ones we care about!
    Lisa @ Showered With Design

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  7. Don't sweat the small stuff! I ran out of gas this morning leaving my driveway and was so mad at myself for being too lazy to get gas! And then I thought "hey at least I am in my driveway" :)

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  8. I love that you realized all the memories that you created this week and how much more important they are than some dirty dishes! Always enjoy life's moments and don't sweat the stuff that doesn't matter in the big picture! Your dishes will always be there. Seriously. Why are there ALWAYS dirty dishes?!?!

    Have a great weekend my sweet friend!

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  9. So true. Perspective is key. Have a great weekend!

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  10. I am feeling the exact same way this week. We have had so many amazing things happen this week, and I was still getting annoyed over the littlest things. Then a wonderful person bought my breakfast on my way to work, and I saw this post. It was a sign that I just need to enjoy all the good things. Have a great weekend!

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  11. I had to learn the hard way that the laundry and the chores will always wait. There is life to live and experience and that is more important. Glad you sat back to remember all the amazing moments you had this week!

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  12. I love this!! When I started reading about it I thought about myself right away. Our house is a mess and I had to bring my Aunt back here today and was so embarassed. Of course Mike did nothing today and I got pissed, but truth is, he worked last night and needed to relax today to go back into work tonight. And....we've just had a ridiculous week. Thanks for this. Sometimes I need to sit back and realize shit happens.

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  13. That is so true! I need to remember this.

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