Welcome to the "Making Your Home Sing Monday" meme!
I remember working at my job before I had my children. For the most part I was pretty productive and got lots done. I kept my mind and my thoughts focused on my job. I was there to do my job and I did it. I didn't begin working at my job and then get distracted for hours (or even half hours) by reading a book, surfing the net, watching t.v., chatting on the phone, or seeing what was in the fridge.
If somebody came up and asked a question, I didn't frown or raise my voice at them. I didn't sigh. I didn't burst into tears of frustration, sobbing "Why me? Why me?" I didn't say "Why are you interupting me? Can't you see I'm busy?" I didn't say "What? Again? How many times do I have to tell you the answer? I can't believe you're asking me again!"
This is not to say I was the perfect employee. I'm human and not perfect. I did not, however, take everything personally. If somebody didn't get something, it did not lead me to tears of frustration or anger. I just looked upon it as part of my job to train them. Again and again if necessary. (Although there was this one guy.....never mind.)
I did not drag myself to work looking as if I just got out of bed, unwashed and uncombed. I did not wear pajamas, slippers or a bathrobe all day. I dressed nicely out of respect for my company and out of respect for myself. I dressed for the job.
I washed and combed my hair and took care of myself. I had yet to have the "mom" hair that I posted about on Saturday.
If someone wasn't around to watch me, that did not mean I slacked off on the job. Integrity is what you do when noone's around. And you do your job because you're paid to do it, regardless of who is watching. Right?
I did not show up late for work. Well, not very often and I usually had a good excuse each time, hehehe! I had a starting time and an ending time, and I stuck with it.
We are managers of our homes. How are we managing? Are we showing up late for work every day? Do our families have no idea what to expect of us? Are we dressing for the job of being a homemaker, or are we dressing for the job of going back to bed?
Are we taking care of ourselves and dressing and grooming out of respect for ourselves and those that have to look at us? Or are we dressing and grooming ourselves as if we just don't care? If someone looked at us, would they think we care about our appearance (ouch!)?
Are we managing to take care of our responsibilities and getting things done or is housework taking all day? Is it taking all day because we have to much to do or because we aren't managing our time well? Do we have an ending time, when we can just relax and say "enough" and enjoy our families?
Do we see every interuption as an opportunity to minister and serve our children/families or as an interuption of our fun? Are we sobbing tears of frustration and anger because we keep having to repeat ourselves if they're just not "getting" it?
Are you a professional homemaker or are you just a temporary one? Are you invested in the job because you see long-term benefits or do you act as if you just "filling in" for someone?
I know that so often, it is easy for me to get distracted by the fun and not get my work done. After all, there is noone here to watch me and keep track of what I'm doing. Sometimes it is easy for me to get discouraged or frustrated by someone not "getting" it and having to repeat myself.
Today I want to remember that I am a "professional." I want to apply the same diligence to my job at home as I did when I was working away from home. I want to remember that when I serve my family, I am serving the Lord. I want to serve with joy!
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