The other day I had a moment. As I walked down the hallway in our home, I saw my husband, Michael, standing in the kitchen eating a container of yogurt. When finished, I watched as he placed the plastic container in the recycling bin without washing it out. Immediately I thought to myself, "How many times have I reminded him that he needs to rinse out those things before putting them in the bin!?!" I felt a familiar frustration rise up in my body, but didn't say anything. Instead, I went to my office to do some work.
Later that same day, as I put clothes in the washing machine, I once again felt frustrated when I discovered an empty food wrapper and a few coins in the back pocket of Michael's jeans. "He always leaves stuff in his pockets even though I ask him not to," I bitched to myself, "he never listens to me."
Laundry loaded, I went out onto the deck to sit in the sun. I thought about those frustrating moments and, as I relaxed into a higher state of mind, I remembered...
It's so easy to judge.
It's so easy to find fault.
It's so easy to choose criticism over love.
It's so easy to make the mundane significant.
Sometimes I forget what really matters. I get so wrapped up in things not being done my way that I become someone I don't like very much. As I sat on the deck looking out over the back yard, I thought about a short film I watched not too long ago. The memory alone brought tears to my eyes. It's a message I hope to always remember as I travel this spiritual path called partnership. Today I'd like to share it with you in case you might benefit from a little reminder, too. You can watch it here.
Take Action Challenge
This week, catch yourself when you make the mundane significant - especially with those you hold close. Be of higher mind and choose love over criticism. Here's another video by the same filmmaker as above - Yasmin Ahmad. She's wonderful. You'll find it here.