Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Just Do One Thing

Do One Thing has become my new mantra. 

It has become my new way to live. 
I don't try and accomplish an impressive list of things each day so that I can look back at the end of the day and feel good about myself. 
I've stopped finding my worth in what I do.

I try to do one thing so that I can look back at the end of each day and remember the moments. It's not worth it if I get everything done while subtly pushing my little girl away or letting her fuss and whine simply because she needs some cuddle time. 

She doesn't see the importance of trying to make soup, sweep the floor, tidy the bedrooms, and get ready to go out for the whole day all in the space of an hour. Those things aren't important to her. 

And when her mummy breaks down and cries because at that point even doing the dishes seems overwhelming, she doesn't understand. So she brings her mummy kleenex for her nose, emptying an entire box in the process. 

I stop and realize that nothing is that important. The floors will get swept at some point, having lots of meals in the freezer would be nice but not something I need to worry over.

I can choose to do one thing. 

I can sew the backing onto a quilt and have lots of time left to read stories and cuddle on the couch. 

I can put homemade laundry detergent into jars to the accompaniment of little girl giggles as she kicks her feet against the washer. 

I can enjoy this time right now.

And when my husband comes home, I'm happy even if the dishes are still piled by the sink and there are books all over the living room floor. 

I wrote this the week before Khaira was born but obviously never published it. This is still my mantra, perhaps now more then ever before. Except I have two little girls to cuddle. I wrote this mostly for myself, to remind myself to keep everything in perspective, to be okay with imperfect and embrace the moments. Because they are beautiful and fleeting.


  1. If there was one thing I needed to hear today, this was it.

  2. Such a good reminder Breanne! As soon as I saw the title, I guessed at the content, and I agree with Ashley, I needed to hear this....I'm slowly learning the same thing. :)

  3. Yup, such a good reminder! Focusing on what is REALLY important, and being willing to let the rest slide...

    Thanks, Bre! :-)


  4. Sending you a big hug, my friend. I needed this today so much. I'm so tired and not feeling well, yet have so much to do. Today I let go. :-) I went to the doctor, I went for a walk, I took a nap. They are good things and tomorrow is a new day to do one more good thing. :-)

  5. I had the opposite of this the last two days, and boy am I hanging my head now, realizing how true this is!!!!



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