I really don't like doing dishes. I don't like getting my hands wet and yucky, or my ring wet and sticky. I don't like standing there and scrubbing when I would rather sit on the couch and relax after dinner. I don't like that to make a good meal I have to clean up a thousand dishes... and the list goes on.
I find myself complaining - a lot - when I do dishes. I stand there with a sour attitude wishing Tanner would come to the rescue and promise to do the dishes for the rest of our lives. I usually get angry when I am the one doing dishes and not him and then get bugged and then become an ornery wife. So as you can see - dishes are not my friend.
When we moved into our new house I thought of one way to lessen the pain - don't hand wash. I hand wash a lot of items, because I know I will use it the next day or I worry about wasting water if I run the dishwasher so frequently - well, to heck with that! I now put most everything in the dishwasher and do a quick hand wash on the other items. That has helped.
I've changed something else too. They say your attitude is everything. Well, I finally decided that unless I plan on eating off the countertop with my hand, I will be doing dishes the rest of my life and I might as well enjoy it! So today when I did my dishes I started to count my blessings. I started with the lovely pot that boiled my eggs. I said, "I am grateful that I have pots and hot water that comes whenever I want it. I am grateful for our chickens and yummy food." Next I picked up my Chop Wizard and declared, "I am grateful for awesome kitchen tools. (Don't have a Chop Wizard? Get one!) I am grateful for fresh strawberries." Then I did the - yuck - big pot, "I am grateful for a warm house and the beautiful view of green grass and friendly neighbors I have when I do dishes."
Counting my blessings definitely lightened the mood and filled me gratitude for all that I have. I am going to continue this exercise all week - as I plan on cooking a lot - I know it will bring peace and happiness to our home!
Is there housework you despise? Do you dare try this technique? What have you done to brighten your attitude?