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As you start this week…. take a deep breath. Exhale. Repeat again. Actually, repeat as necessary until you feel your shoulders relax and your spirit calm.

Those things that feel really important today? They may not be so terribly important. I don’t know what they are, true, but think about where you were exactly one year ago today. Think about the day you had, the things you did. It might have been an important day for you, I don’t know, but odds are, it was probably an ordinary day. Laundry folding, lunch making, errand running, perhaps a dentist appointment or two.

How do they affect you today? Not much, I’d wager. In fact, there’s a pretty good chance you don’t remember a plum thing about the 24 hours that happened 365 days ago.

I’m not saying our everyday little choices don’t matter, because they do—I’ve written a whole book about that, in fact. But when we’re in the trenches, neck-deep in the liturgy of life, it’s hard to see clearly. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed.

Today, just do the things in front of you. And if you don’t get it all done? No worries. Just start again tomorrow. Breathe deeply. Don’t forget to look up. And make the most of your day today, because it matters—but don’t put too much weight on that laundry pile. It’s just laundry.

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  1. Emily

    What a wonderful reminder!

    This time last year, I was in the very beginning stages of a divorce. I had stayed in a year-long funk because of it. Only now am I realizing the worst is behind me and I’m finally in that light at the end of the tunnel everyone told me about.

    And, without sounding trying to sound sycophantic, a large part of my personal healing was because of the Simple Mom podcast, website and Facebook page. The Daily Docket helped ease the daily overwhelmed feeling that plagued me. The podcast filled me with inspiration to do anything and everything again. Whenever I have a question about raising my little one, I can usually find an answer somewhere on the site, and always presented in a suggestive format, not a prescriptive way.

    Your post seemed to come to me right when I needed the inspiration to appreciate the little things, as they usually do!

  2. Archer

    You’re back! Welcome back from your summer blogging hiatus! I will especially look forward to your posts.

    • Kirsten

      Tsh, Thank you! I think you wrote this just for me! We have some pretty heavy stuff going on right now. But I am going to say this over and over again in my head. “Breathe deeply. Don’t forget to look up. And make the most of your day today, because it matters—but don’t put too much weight on that laundry pile. It’s just laundry.”
      Thank you for your perspective.
      In Christ,

    • Tsh

      I’m back! 🙂

  3. Heather

    great thoughts on a monday morning! i think i get so bogged down by the stuff that *needs* to be done right this second that i don’t breathe enough! will definitely be thinking “breathe” today 🙂

  4. Aimee @ Simple Bites

    You have no idea of the amount of post-vacation laundry that awaits me! But I won’t sweat it. Thanks for the reminder, Tsh!

    • Tsh

      I still have post-vacation laundry, if that makes you feel any better. And we arrived a week ago. 😉

  5. Christy

    I needed this exact post, although I’m still a bit hesitant to relax about it. Our washer/dryer died last week, and the laundry IS piling up! Just in time for back to school and job interviews and football season! It is a big deal, and weighs heavily on me as we can’t get another right now…but it is true that in 365 days, our lack of clean socks will not matter…right?? Yes, right. 🙂

  6. allison

    wow, thank you for this. It is like you saw a glimpse of my day and are speaking just to me. I really appreciate your wisdom today!

    • Tsh

      Well, I usually write these because I get a glimpse in to my day, if you know what I mean. So I’m glad it speaks to where you are, too. 🙂

  7. Laurie

    This rings so true in my life. Well, in all of ours! Thanks for actually saying it out loud for us all to hear. Happy Monday!

  8. Kate


    Thanks for the breather this morning, Tsh.

    Sweet words for all of us Mama’s with a mountain of clothing in the next room 🙂

    Kind Blessings,
    Kate 🙂

  9. Rebecca

    Wow Thank you so much I really needed this reminder! I have been scrambling to get my house clean before my daughter and I leave for vacation (I am not sure why since I know my husband is probably going to turn it into a disaster) but, I still want the house clean before I leave so that way I know it is clean and then come what may after I leave.

  10. Franziska

    This is just what I needed to hear today. Because today feels like a day I might remember for a while…But at the end it’s really not all that important in the great scheme of things. Thank you!

  11. Heather

    Thank you! I needed this today.

  12. Wadinga

    I am just learning about blogging, and I really like the way this whole site is set up. Thanks!

  13. Desiree

    “Don’t forget to look up.” Yep, that’s me right there. I’ll be making a concerted effort to look up more this week. 🙂 Thanks for this!

  14. Ashley Wells

    So glad that you are back Tsh! I have really missed your posts on Monday!

  15. Liz

    Welcome back Tsh, I hope everything is as it should be in your world. This is a wonderful post, a timely reminder to celebrate the mundane and not sweat the small stuff. Thank-you <3 xx

  16. Caitlin

    This is exactly what I needed to hear from someone on Monday morning. I kept it in my inbox and read it again today. Thanks for this, Tsh.

  17. Kirsten McCulloch

    So true. The laundry pile can have a habit of getting out of hand and taking over the mind sometimes!

    I love the “don’t forget to look up”. The sky was a gorgeous colour this morning. Well, the light really. Just that early morning glow that happens some days shortly after dawn. Just beautiful and a great reminder to stop and look and wander.

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