My big confession for the week - I haven't done all of the challenges. And it bugs me and my perfectionist streak. It's not even that I've been lazy. I have accomplished more this week than I have in months in getting the house ready for friends to come over. It's just that there are not enough hours in the day and I don't really have eyes in the back of my head to keep an eye on Brother Blessing's adventures. Though, I think Sister Blessing wonders if I do have eyes in the back of my head. :)
I've been trying to keep a to do list like one of the challenges suggested. I do better when I have a list. It keeps my ADD in check. However, I tend to overwhelm myself by the size of the list. I like the suggestion of only putting six items on the list for the next day. I really tried to keep it to six.
This is where my perfectionism really kicked in. First of all, I often had trouble figuring out what six things needed to be on the list...and what order they should be in...What if I forgot something important? Did it matter if I didn't do them in order? You know...silly things like that. And there were days I didn't finish my list. Shocking, I know!
I felt like I was failing at the challenge when I didn't finish all the tasks from the book or on my list. And then I tried to remind myself that a lot of times I didn't finish because I either had other things that had to get done or I had been overly ambitious with my list. Life happens and that's okay. The whole purpose of this challenge is not to have a perfect house, but to help me deal with my attitudes about having a clean house. And I've been reminded how much my perfectionism gets in the way. I can't control everything that happens especially with two little ones running around the house. But God is in control and even when I can't see exactly what He is doing, I have to trust in Him and rest in His peace.