Laundry, anyone? How much time a week do you spend doing laundry? How many loads? As I was doing my laundry the other day, some life lessons occurred to me. There is more to laundry than dirty socks.
Here is what I learned while folding a few loads:
1. There are some things in life that we will have to do repeatedly.
I know that sounds trite, but as I think about my own life, there are some lessons that I feel I just don’t learn the first time. I have to be taught that lesson more than once (yep). Sometimes it feels like I live in the movie Groundhog’s Day. Just like that never-ending laundry pile, life teaches you lessons over and over…and over.
2. There will be stains and holes, no matter how hard you try to avoid them.
No matter how hard we try to be “perfect” in this life, we aren’t. There will be mistakes, like the cherry Kool-Aid on that brand new white shirt, or the grass stain on the new jeans. The socks will get holes and life will bring you hurts. You will make a mistake, and someone will see. It’s all good. It’s part of doing laundry.
3. At some point, you will lose a sock.
I remember in college I had an amazing roommate who had these cool plastic clips that she matched her socks up with before she washed them. She would pair them up. put on a plastic clip, and throw them in the washing machine.
She still lost socks.
This is life. No matter how carefully we plan, no matter how cautious we are, we will lose things that are important to us. We cannot prevent it.
I wish I could. Sometimes those socks were my favorite pair.
4. No matter how many people are in the house, you will end up doing laundry alone.
I believe there are some things in this life that we have to do on our own. We have to figure them out, gain confidence in our own abilities, and see them through — on our own. This is difficult and beautiful at the same time. We often feel alone, and frustrated, “Why doesn’t anyone help me with the laundry?!?!” But, really, that’s sometimes how we learn.
We realize we can do hard things. That, my friends, is satisfying.
I can do hard things.
5. No matter how hard you try, some clothes will never fit.
There are some paths in this life that are not meant for us. Someone may be really great at something and you may admire that, but it may not be the right path for you. Just like that dress. It may look fantastic on the hanger, but it just isn’t meant for you.
Choose the things that fit you. Choose what works and what makes you feel strong and beautiful. Whether in clothing or in life, we all have a unique path. You don’t need to dress like so-and-so to be beautiful. Her clothes may not fit you.
Choose to be you. Choose from the pile that fits.
6. It’s easier if you take it one load at a time.
I hate it when I have five loads of laundry to do. Five loads. I know I can’t complain as I have a much smaller family than some, but when laundry piles up, life suddenly seems harder.
When you procrastinate, things get harder. Take one load at a time. Do one today. Don’t put it off. If you finish that load, the next one won’t seem quite as daunting.
One load at a time.
So, the next time you are doing laundry, think about it. What have you learned?
What life lessons have you learned from simple tasks?
(BTW, if you haven’t seen Groundhog’s Day, go ahead. You may learn a few life lessons and have a few laughs!)
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