"FIND THE SACRED IN THE MUNDANE"
I saw this quote in a frame next to the kitchen sink at my friend's home a few years ago. It still repeats in my mind often. Whenever I think of this quote my mind immediately turns to a mother who was speaking at a fireside before I had any children. She had many children. Honestly, I think it was 14 or 15 kids. I remember several things she shared. But one fits this quote perfectly. She shared with us about hating changing diapers for so many years. Then one day as she was cleaning the poop off her kids bottom, the thought came to her that changing her babies diapers was like the Savior cleaning her from sin through his atonement. Just as her baby needed help and couldn't do it on his own, she couldn't clean herself from sin and needed the Savior's help. And just as it'd hurt more the longer the poop stayed on the babies bottom, her sins would hurt more the longer she waited to allow the Savior to clean her from her sins. It's kind of funny, an analogy like that. But it's true. There are things in our lives that even though they're mundane they can gave us a reason to look up, to understand more, and our perspectives can change drastically.
Motherhood is full of mundane, repetitive tasks, but it's also full of wonderful moments that sneak in unexpectedly in the middle of the daily monotony. Focus on those moments and find purpose, even divine purpose in the tasks and responsibilities. It'll bring sunshine, even on a poopy day. I promise!