You know how people love to send pictures of their feet on a beautiful beach, often with the caption, "Wish you were here"?
Well, I didn't visit any beaches this week, but close...
I enjoyed mowing my yard, so I thought I'd send you a "wish you were here" pic. :)
Mowing probably doesn't come to mind for a lot of people when they think about relaxation and enjoyment. After all, it's a chore.
I used to think the same... until the season of life when my son was an infant and my daughter was an active toddler (both in diapers). My mindset about mowing quickly changed. This "chore" soon became an opportunity.
It was an opportunity to:
Get outside in the fresh air and sunshine.
Take a break from what sometimes felt like a nonstop cycle of messes that needed cleaned, diapers that needed changed, and meals that needed prepared (which led to more messes that needed to be cleaned and diapers that needed changed, and so on).
Enjoy a sense of accomplishment. (Unlike the diapers, which only stayed "fresh" for a couple hours or so, the yard would look nice for a few days!)
Don't get me wrong. I cherished the time spent at home with my kids when they were babies. But some days felt like I was spinning my wheels, with nothing to show for it. When I started to feel this way, it helped to take a "mental health" break.
A fresh-cut yard that I had mowed worked wonders for my mental well-being. It also allowed my husband more quality time with the kids. A win-win!
These days our kids are well beyond the diaper stage (and they can even help in the house - score!). Yet I still enjoy mowing. To me it's therapeutic.
Isn't it amazing how a simple mindset shift can turn a "chore" into a VACATION?
And isn't it amazing how these little "vacations" can renew our spirit?
I love this quote by Roy T. Bennett:
"Happiness depends on your mindset and attitude. Happiness is in your mind, not in the circumstance."
How about you?
In your own life, when has a simple mindset shift made all the difference?
Where might you discover a relaxing "beach" at home?
This post was originally published on May 21, 2018.