It’s All In How You Look At It (Thought-Provoking Thursday)

by SomeGirl on February 2, 2011 · 22 comments

I went into my laundry room yesterday to tackle the never ending, always growing, pile of laundry. It’s been big before, but not this big (must have been our five days away and three days of recovering).
As I looked at the pile and breathed a deep sigh, my thoughts swirled around how much laundry there was, how long it was going to take to get it done, and how I let the pile grow so big in the first place?

And then I noticed something…

My littlest one had climbed right up on top of that pile and made himself comfortable, which kind of  made me cringe at the thought of all the dirt, but he enjoyed it so much that I didn’t stop him.

Then my thoughts began to turn and I was struck…

(so, like any good blogger who has recently taken a photography class,  I ran off to get my camera)

I had been so focused on the difficulty of the task at hand that I had almost missed the joy in it.

The joy of a pile of clothes to climb on and lie in…

The joy of watching my little one have such a great time…

The joy in the moment!

And to think I almost missed it, almost missed all that joy, because I was looking at the pile as a big, daunting task to be conquered and not turning my eyes to see the joy that was happening because of it!

It turns out the difference is all in the way you look at it. I’m so glad I got a fresh, new perspective!

What do you have going on in your life that could use a new way of looking? I pray you find the joy in it!

Something to think about.

Have you written anything interesting, encouraging, challenging, inspiring or thought-provoking lately? Link up your post(s) below! (And be sure to check back later to see what great links are listed!) *If you try to link up and it doesn’t work, please leave a comment with your link and I’ll add it as soon as I can. Thanks!

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Deb Chitwood

I LOVE your photos – adorable! Kids are the best for finding joy in the simple things. Of course, my husband and I still get to observe the joy in little things by watching our cat, who takes great pleasure in simple rituals. I can’t help but think of the slogan “I want my cat’s life.”


I hear people say having a pet after children leave is a lot of fun… this is totally off topic, but my boys want a dog (or a baby) ;) , but the thought of either just wears me out! I bet I’ll feel differently when they’re grown and gone (about the dog, not the baby, part). ;)

I have a feeling you find joy in most things you do, btw! You certainly bring joy to everything I’ve seen you do! ♥


Love, love, love this post! And the pictures are priceless.

I try to keep the same perspective on things. When I walk through my house, and ENDLESSLY pick up toy soldiers, tiny cars, little socks, etc., etc., etc., I try to always remember what a TRUE blessing it is to have those precious things to pick up…I will be so sad when I don’t! Makes my heart hurt just thinking about it.

By the way, I bet my Post-Blissdom laundry pile would give yours a run for the money…but I’m starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel I think! Maybe by the end of the day I will be caught up!


I do the SAME thing!! Great minds! ;)

Hey, maybe we should all do an “air your dirty laundry” link up and vote for who’s pile is the worst! ;) lol

Have I told you how GREAT it was to meet you, btw?!! It was SO great!! ♥

Jo Brielyn from Creative Kids Ideas

It really is kind of scary how many times we seem to be on the same wavelength! I just wrote a blog post yesterday about taking time to enjoy the simple pleasures in life. Mine wasn’t about laundry though. It was about snow… lots and lots of snow. :D


Hahaha! Can you believe I almost wrote this about snow, too??!! It is SO weird!!! I’m so glad my mom hooked us up!! ♥


Great pictures, Michelle! You were definitely paying attention in your photography classes!

I submitted a link to another blog that I read this week–Deidra at I think it’s pretty obvious that I’m not claiming the piece as my own since I link to her site, but I wanted to make it ABUNDANTLY clear! She’s a wonderful writer! ;)


Thanks, Jennifer! I’m glad you linked her post up (or tried to anyway)! It great to be able to spread the word about all the great posts out there that we wouldn’t have known about otherwise!

Btw, what browser do you use? Most people can link up, but a few can’t… makes me wonder if it’s a browser issue… ?

(I linked the post for you) :)


Okay, I don’t think the link worked–the piece is called “The Running Company Lady” by Deidra.


Our pipes from the kitchen sink to the washing machine froze! So for days we haven’t been able to do laundry. My loving husband must have a little “red-neck” in him because he took the extension cord from the garage and put a space-heater just outside the vent that leads under the house.
We now have the sweet sounds of the spin cycle!


That’s not good (the frozen pipes part)! Did they bust?? (I hope not!)

Because of you, I turned the water on in the mudroom… thank you for possibly saving me from frozen pipes!

Thanks be to God for your handy, “red-neck” husband! ;) I bet the laundry never sounded so good!

Btw, when are we going on our “movie ride?” Or should I ask, “When will the roads ever un-freeze??” ;)

Love you, Girl!! ♥


I’m so glad I found you through Rebecca at Mom’s Mustard Seeds…….and so glad you didn’t miss the joy in the moment! What a precious little boy you have! : )
Blessings to you,
Jill @ Sweet Diva


I’m so glad you did, too! Thank you! Btw, your Emperor’s Slow Cooked Chicken photo just made my mouth water… yum!!

I look forward to getting to know you! ♥


Just love this!! The pictures absolutely make me smile!! Thanks so much for linking up today, friend!


:) Thanks, Rachel! And thanks for hosting the link up!!


I am glad you were able to find the joy in the moment. What a wonderful gift children are to remind us to just have fun. Thank you for sharing all your “dirty laundry.” lol
Have a blessed day!


It’s SO nice to meet you, Lynda! I loved your Proverbs 31 post… what a great challenge! I’m not very good about planning posts out, but I would love to do a personal study following your guidelines! Thank you! ♥

(for anyone reading this, check out Lynda’s post and challenge here:


great post! we do have to slow down and enjoy those small, fun moments! I linked up a post of mine from this past week :)


So glad you did! Thanks! ♥

ET @ Titus 2:3-5

Oh yeah, I hear ya girl! It is too darn easy to miss the joy. So glad you captured that precious moment!

I tried linking, but it doesn’t like me.


I linked it up for you… somehow you ended up on an old thought-provoking post. Here’s today’s:

(Someone suggested dates be removed from posts to keep them fresh and new for visitors… can see how that suggestion might backfire now.) :)


These expenses include your mortgage principal,
mortgage interest, property taxes and mortgage insurance.
Home ownership comes with serious financial responsibilities and for most,
this will be a commitment for as many as thirty years. The loan starts at the start of construction and ends when you finish
and move in.

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