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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.

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  1. Julia

    This is just what I needed.

    • Kory

      Me too!

  2. Kristin

    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. Victoria

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

    • Kelly

      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. Aimee @ Simple Bites

    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. Aimee @ Simple Bites

    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

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

  7. Christina

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

  8. Rachel @ Intentionally Simple

    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. Mel

    beautiful… thank you.

  10. Jenn @ A Simple Haven

    Lovely encouragement for a Monday morning. Thanks, Tsh.

  11. Kristine @ A Changed Life

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

  12. Beth

    Thank you.

  13. Kelly

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

  14. Denise P.

    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.

  15. Molly

    Lovely. You matter too.

  16. Shauna

    You have no idea how much I needed this today.

  17. Tammy

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

  18. Jamie Wright Bagley

    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?!)

  19. Crista

    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!

  20. El

    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.

  21. Renee

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

  22. Faigie

    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

  23. Leah

    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!

  24. Kate

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


  25. Whitney

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

  26. Linda

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

  27. Kathy Strong

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

  28. Pam @Mommacan

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

  29. Michelle

    Needed this. Love this.

  30. Kristin

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

  31. Amy

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

  32. Jennifer Jo

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

    Thanks for the encouragement!

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