A Word from A
1999, by Cheryl Demas
- Moms are always being pulled in several
directions at once. You've got your kids, your home, your husband,
and now your home business, all competing for your time and attention.
I saw a mom at the video store this weekend. She had a girl pulling
on her arm saying, "Mom? Mom? Mom? Can I get some candy?"
Another boy was pulling at her skirt, saying (a little louder
than his sister) "MOM? MOM? MOM? Can I rent a video game?"
Just then her husband came around the corner and, oblivious to
her predicament, innocently asked, "I've narrowed it down
to 'A Thin Red Line' or 'A Simple Plan' what do you think?"
Well, she lost it. She said, in a voice loud enough to draw the
attention of everyone in the store, "Stop it! I can only
listen to one of you at a time!"
But then, without missing a beat,
she proved herself wrong by answering them all in one breath.
She turned to her daughter and said, "Yes, but no gum!"
then turned to her son and said, "Yes, as long as it's not
a fighting game." And finally turned to her husband and
said, "No, I want to see 'You've Got Mail.'"
Yes, moms do have an amazing
ability to do so many things at once. But even Super Mom can't
possibly do everything. If you're like me, I'm guessing there
are some things that just don't get done. There are bound to
be things that get put on the back burner, chores and tasks you
simply don't have time to do.
This week, take a look a closer
look at that back burner. Are there tasks
that seem to wind up there week after week? Perhaps it's time
to get some help, or if possible, eliminate those jobs. I find
that I usually manage to attend to the tasks I really enjoy,
the things that are most important to me. When I look at my back
burner, I see things that can best be accomplished by someone
else, or just don't need to be done at all. Maybe the beds won't
get made everyday. Maybe it's time to say, "No" the
next time I'm asked to volunteer my time, or join a committee.
Maybe someday, I'll get the whole
stove cleared off!