19 Apr Living in the Mundane Moments
When people hear the word mundane, they usually think of something that’s boring, repetitive, or mindless. (Washing dishes, cleaning the house, doing taxes…ew.) This can be true, but I like to think the mundane moments become a little more special when you have someone to share them with. When Alex and I first got married, I had a friend tell me we would eventually get used to this new lifestyle and we would “find our new mundane.” Didn’t sound like much to look forward to at first, but I’m so glad we did! I’ve realized that living in these mundane moments and really appreciating them has given me a new outlook on what “mundane” means to me.
I had a bit of an “ah-ha” moment the other day when Alex and I were putting groceries away. It seemed so simple and routine, but for some reason my heart felt so full in that moment. I couldn’t help but think how grateful I was to have someone to just do everyday life with! Though they seem so simple and meaningless, these moments can be the times we miss when our lives are stressful. Maybe we wish we cherished them a little more at the end of the day. After realizing these moments are time I get to share with my husband, the boring, monotonous tasks don’t seem so dreadful anymore.
Why do these moments feel so special? I can’t really say for sure. Maybe it’s because after being long distance for so long I’m thankful to see my husband every day, or because I’m trying to soak in every second with him. Maybe it’s because doing things like budgeting and putting groceries away isn’t fun and I’m just glad I have someone to do it with now!
When we look back on our lives, the things we spent the most time doing usually aren’t the most exciting. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good beach vacation or spontaneous adventure, but maybe the little moments deserve a bit more appreciation.
I challenge you to look at the mundane moments in your life a little differently next week. Whether it’s driving to church on Sunday, folding laundry, or shopping for groceries, find a way to take it in. Don’t just look at it as a chore or another thing to check off on your to-do list. These are the moments that make up the majority of our lives and give us rest in crazy world. They give us structure in chaos and room to breathe during a busy day -and how sweet they can be when you have someone special to share them with.