Stop the Tape

December 20, 2013

in the generous life

My kitchen floor has been grubby for the better part of a week.

I’ve been busy with time sensitive activities and we are in the messy part of winter (my dog must go in and out (many times) to defend us against squirrels and other eminent dangers). Mopping the floor just hasn’t made it to the top of the list.

I mention it because I have a tape in my head that is just … ridiculous. It runs something like this, “Your house must be clean and pretty at all times, especially the (whatever is presently messy). You wouldn’t want others to see the (presently messy thing) and think you are a terrible homemaker … wife/mom … person.” 

Dumb, I know. I’m doing better at creating reasonable, sane standards for my life, but I still hear the old tapes playing now and then.

Life is messy. Perfection is a terrible yoke. Stop the old tapes and live a life that speaks to your values and honors the people in your life (you too).

My house is clean enough to be healthy … and messy enough to be happy.  Author Unknown


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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Pam December 20, 2013 at 12:22 am

Thank you for this post! It’s so good to know I’m not the only one.


Heather December 20, 2013 at 4:38 am

Thank you, Lori, that was just what I needed this morning! :)


AlohaHarleySMG December 20, 2013 at 8:17 am

Gah! I love this post!!! Thank you! This was such a great reminder as I have found myself slipping into this pattern again. …. This was one of the original eye openers for me:


Lori Ferguson December 20, 2013 at 9:56 am

Can I just say, “amen!”

That’s all.



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