Weekends With a Purpose
Let’s take laundry for example. Instead of doing the laundry on Saturday because you have to, or it’s your job or no one else will, determine your purpose. Ask yourself the following questions:
- Is my goal to have clean clothes and to make sure my kids have fresh outfits for their sports games?
- Will the reasons bring me pleasure and a feeling of contribution?
- Why am I doing this?
And while you are doing this particular task, be mindful of what it is that you are doing. Focus on the process of loading the washing machine, pouring in the detergent and folding clothes as soon as they are hot out of the dryer – not the 50 million other things that are looming over you through the “to do” list in your head.
If you value clean clothes more than an overflowing laundry basket then doing the laundry will no longer be a simple chore that you consider drudgery, but an effort that brings you joy. While you are doing sorting and folding clothes purposefully, you are also fulfilling your purpose to have clean clothes for you and your family and are avoiding a basket of dirty clothes piled a mile high.
I often think of these wonderful words of wisdom by Anne Murrow Lindbergh who is quoted in the “The Last Word – A Treasury of Women’s Quotations” by Carolyn Warner. She says, “I believe that what a woman resents is not so much giving herself in pieces as giving herself purposelessly.” Ms. Lindbergh is a woman in history who I admire for the gifts she has shared with the world through her wisdom and life experience. I wonder if men feel the same way too.
To our women readers, have you ever felt this way? Please share your thoughts in our comment section.
To our men readers, do you feel the same way? Please share your thoughts in our comment section.
Remember this definition of “on purpose” – a deliberate action to accomplish whatever you have decided to take on. So start leading your life – both personally and professionally – and weekends with a purpose.
Until next time…I remain…
Mary Elizabeth Murphy