I was doing laundry the other day, something that’s not an extremely enjoyable experience for me. As I hung up the size 3T pants I began to smile. How cute my child looks in these. How lucky I am to be able to have a child whose laundry I can wash. As much as the process is tedious and unwanted, there’s a bright side to it. I’m lucky to be able to do laundry.
I have a goal to pay off my home ahead of schedule. Hindering that goal is a few hundred dollars per week that goes to daycare. As much as paying that few hundred dollars a week to daycare impedes that goal, I know a few things. They get pretty good care where they are. It allows my wife and me to do something we enjoy doing. Also, one day, and sooner than we think, our children will be attending school at “no cost”.
We will be saving thousands of dollars a year. They will not be in such an expensive daycare. With that, they will be older. They will not be “our little ones” anymore. They will be little, but not their adorable zero, one, and two-year old selves anymore. While writing that check every week stinks, it’s part of the process. It’s a process we ought to stop and be grateful to enjoy.
This too shall pass. We might as well find the bright side in the tedious processes we face.
Because there is almost always a bright side. We might have to look a bit harder, but it’s there. We can complain, whine, and revolt, or we can see just how lucky we are.
Each time I think about doing laundry I think about that morning when I realized how lucky I am. Now this doesn’t mean I wake up excited to do laundry. It simply means that when it’s time, I’ll enjoy it a bit more, remembering how lucky I am.
Enjoy life. Be positive. Live well.