When I look at the big picture, I love being a homemaker. I love exploring what it means and sharing my thoughts with you all. I love the daily rhythm and I love how creating a loving home environment has seemed to deepen my relationship with The Mister even more. Okay, and I’ll admit that there is a part of me that enjoys the fact that his buddies are a bit jealous of him. Anyway, I can “wax enthusiastic” about it all day, if you’d let me.
When I lose my big picture perspective, however, I’m not always as enthusiastic. My first reaction to the Coach Wooden’s admonition to be enthusiastic was that he’s never had to clean a bathroom. I know I’m not the only one who doesn’t yell, “Yippee! I get to scrub the toilet today!” But the truth of the matter is, Coach Wooden spent many years cleaning the men’s gym before UCLA finally fulfilled its promise of new facilities. I’m sure he didn’t feel enthusiastic about mopping up his players’ sweat after practice everyday.
As I’ve been thinking about “enthusiasm” today, I’ve been thinking that it is really hard to develop that trait if we’re disconnected from our goals for our home and just going through the motions. And when we just go through the motions, we aren’t doing our best. And when we aren’t doing our best, a feeling of futility begins to overtake us because we begin to think “What’s the point? It’s just going to get messy again, anyway.” Or worse, we start beating ourselves up for not being the perfect 1950s housewife.
I’ve heard many stories over the years from people describing their mothers singing or humming as they scrubbed floors or engaged in other household tasks. Perhaps the lesson we can take from this is that we can transform our feelings of drudgery into enthusiasm by “whistling while we work?”
As you can see, this is still bouncing around in my head. Perhaps we can work through this together. When you think of enthusiasm as it relates to being a “modern retro woman,” what thoughts come to your mind?