Today, I write to you from the kitchen table.
Surrounding me, in no particular order: An empty Amazon box, two used mason jars, a q-tip (also used – gross, I know), a coffee cup from yesterday, a check I’ve already cashed, a minimum of 5 hair ties, a pile of unfolded towels and sweatshirts, a jacket that is only steps away from the closet it belongs in, scissors, paperwork, and carpet cleaner.
That’s my 4-foot wide kitchen table. Look, I’m not proud.
Perhaps, you’re thinking, the kitchen is neat. It’s not. If you were to traipse into the living room, you would find a dusty coffee table and blankets strewn about. You would probably trip over a dog dish.
Currently, I cannot actually name one location in my home where things are at peace – from the refrigerator that needs to be stocked to the bed sheets that need to be washed. Every corner of the house reflects 2017, which has been a blur of real estate, cleaning salons, talking with clients, and generally just trying to get a handle on things.
I am certain that peace will come again. Strolling into our home, it will breathe a sigh of relief and announce to all four walls, “It’s good to be back.”
However, in the absence of peace, I’ve found motivation instead of typical anxiety. What a change it is to have dirty dishes as a symptom of success instead of a barrier to it! Consider the difference:
“Oh, no. Dirty dishes. You can’t even do that right?”
“Whoops! I got everything done on my list, but I forgot the dishes! I’ll just add them to tomorrow’s list.”
This is where I am today. The messy kitchen table, a side effect of business and personal success. I’m going to be grateful. I’m going to be kind to myself instead of seeing the mess as personal failure.
But don’t worry – I’m gonna throw away that q-tip!