You matter

As you start this week, may you find bravery to do the hard things on your list. May you recognize the clarion call in your life, and the humble realization that to do what you’re called to do well, it means rolling up your sleeves and getting your arm into it.

May you not be discouraged when this hard work goes unrecognized or slips through the cracks, as though it yielded no fruit. Remember that these small actions, done one day after another and another, give way to mountain-moving conditions. Think of the grains of sand that comprise the Sahara.

Keep your nose to the grindstone, and keep your eyes set on things above. And remember, if your kitchen counter wiping gets no “likes” or your words of wisdom espoused to your children are never retweeted, they DO matter. Their absence would leave a hole in your home. You matter.

And as you do those hard things on your list, may you find pleasure—surprising pleasure—in doing some of them. May you find a sliver of time to sit with a cup of tea and a book. And may you find the needed encouragement to wake up, once more, and do it all again.

Because you do matter.

Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh is the founder of this blog and just finished traveling around the world with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

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  1. This is just what I needed.

  2. I think that it is so important to take some quality me time during the day even if it is for 10 minutes! I will lay on my bed in the dark and just relax and reflect. It makes me feel so much better!

  3. I am really loving Monday mornings on your site. It gives me a good dose of encouragement to start my week off right.

    • Yes, I was going to say the same thing. Mondays are great days to get the extra boost of encouragement. Tsh, you seem to know what we all need to hear. Thank you so much.

  4. Thank you, Tsh. This month is a busy one (gauntlet month, as Kat would say) but my goal is to find the pleasure in the little things, as you suggested. Have a wonderful week yourself! Can’t wait to see you at the end of the month. =)

  5. Thanks for this encouraging start to the week, enjoyed with my morning coffee. Can’t wait to see you at the end of the month!

  6. Michelle says:

    Thank you – I needed those words right here and now. x x x

  7. What an awesome reminder and a great way to start a Monday morning. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  8. Tsh, this was a perfect read for a Monday morning. Thank you for the encouragement, motivation to tackle a few hard things and reminder that what’s most important is not my task list but investing into the 2 littles who call me mama!

  9. beautiful… thank you.

  10. Lovely encouragement for a Monday morning. Thanks, Tsh.

  11. Boom. I love this.

  12. What a nice site you have here and the encouraging words, they made my day. Thanks a lot! I already subscribed. =)

  13. Thank you.

  14. Thank you so much for these words today. Very timely for my challenging week. Saved these words to re-read for another time.

  15. Denise P. says:

    Thank you again for being my Monday morning cheerleader. As an at home mom I need this more than ever before. Thank you also for reminding me that the little mundane things that happen day to day now, no matter how unappreciated, are about helping my little one grow into a wonderful man in the future.

  16. Lovely. You matter too.

  17. You have no idea how much I needed this today.

  18. So needed to hear this this morning. Thank you for the lovely, encouraging words.

  19. It’s so true, that the absence of what we do would leave a hole in our home. I hadn’t really thought of it that way, but it makes the moments of “drudgery” worthwhile.

    Thank you for your encouragement. I hope you find time for tea and a book today, too. (That’s like the best of well-wishing right there, isn’t it?!)

  20. Thank you for the inspiration. I wanted to go on a walk this morning, but there is SOOOO much to do. So I am now going to go and take that walk!

  21. Thank you!! I was reading my e-mail during the only minute I have to myself (is that TMI?) and it was just what I needed as I start my unusually overloaded day of birthday, volunteer, kids kids kids, home, work, blablabla.

    I have been reflecting on this post as a little mantra to get me through the day. It has been my little calm to come back to. I’m pretty quiet on the net but I just wanted to pipe up and say how much better and easier you helped make my day. Thanks again. Your blog is fantastic.

  22. This is really what I needed today! ! Thank you! 🙂

  23. I really like that “if your kitchen counter wiping gets no likes….” what a generation. Can you imagine someone reading this 30 years ago and trying to understand what youre talking about

  24. I love this positive and empowering encouragement. As a stay at home mom, I struggle with feeling like I count or contribute to the world. Thank you for this awesome truth that we all matter in what we do!

  25. Awesome reminder! Thanks!

  26. This is lovely! Thank you. Everyone can use words of encouragement like these.


  27. Whitney says:

    Thanks for this today. I’m in need of this as I struggle with Mother’s Day coming up.

  28. Tsh, it’s like you were talking to me. I needed this today. Thanks!

  29. Wow! So simple, yet so profound. Just what I needed to read today, thank you!

  30. I really needed this one today. Feeling the grind more than usual and it seems to be suffocating me just a tiny bit.

  31. Needed this. Love this.

  32. Kristin says:

    Wonderful words for all of us weary mommies. Thank you for speaking to my heart!!

  33. Perfect timing for me to read tonight. Thank you for your simple yet profound words.

  34. Oh great. So you’re comparing my life to a desert? (Just kidding!!!)

    Thanks for the encouragement!

  35. Beautifully written! Thanks for the encouragement. 🙂

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