I don’t know what it is about laundry in my house. Dirty shirts, pants, skirts and socks keep piling up even though I wash them almost daily. I think they multiply while I sleep. That must be it. I have no other explanation for it. I can have everything washed and put away one day and the next thing I know I have a mountain of dirty underwear. I know what you’re thinking, and no…I didn’t have an explosive night. (grin)
There is something about having things left undone that sets me on edge. I don’t know why. I guess it’s how I’m wired. But you know, Multiple Sclerosis messed up my wiring long ago. It short circuited things and created chaos where there wasn’t any chaos.
I can’t control what my laundry does and I can’t seem to control my body either. Nothing ever seems to go as I want it to. My body seems to have a mind all its own. I tell it to walk and it rolls around on the floor. I tell it to run and it sits down. I tell it to sleep and it throws a temper tantrum. It just doesn’t seem to listen to anything I say.
We are in a war, you and I. A war, not just against dirty socks and multiplying smelly towels. We are in a war against our bodies…if there is such a thing. There are so many things we used to be able to do that seem huge today and nearly impossible. Everything from laundry to running errands, from sorting mail to grocery shopping, from driving through traffic to walking through crowds, they all seem extra hard and bigger than life.
You know what I have learned in this messy life? I have learned that it’s okay to let the laundry pile up for a day, or two…or three. It’s okay to not clean out the car, to slow down when I’m in a hurry, to enjoy a moment of quiet with just myself. Each minute is a gift we are given. We get to choose how we use them.
Take more care in how you use your minutes. They are precious and shouldn’t be wasted with worries and frustrations. If that means your laundry piles up…then let it.
Today, use your minutes with care. Do something you love, something just for you, something that will give you a chance to breathe and simply enjoy the day. You are amazing and deserve some time just for you.