I was browsing the Internet when, quite by chance, I discovered a post that really spoke to my heart. Noticing the Seeds: A Mantra for Parents Who Feel They Haven’t Accomplished Anything Today by Amanda Morgan.
I’m going to quote a few excerpts from Amanda, so you can get a taste of what she wrote. When you’ve finished reading please hop over to her blog Not Just Cute and enjoy the whole post.
Amanda writes about the endless tasks of parenting. How you can spend the whole day working and yet feel as if you have not accomplished anything.
“The work is never finished. You can spend the day wiping tables, wiping faces, and wiping bottoms just to do it all again tomorrow. You may get a slight thrill as you fold the final piece of laundry, only to curse at the pair of socks staring back at you from the hamper as you walk by.”
“I couldn’t even count the number of times I’ve collapsed on my bed at the end of the day and asked, “How can I feel so exhausted but have gotten so little done?”
I think I found the seeming lack of accomplishment one of the hardest things about parenting. The to do list was endless and nothing seemed to get done. Nothing stayed clean, or tidy, or organized for more than two seconds.
So I was reading along, nodding my head, and then Amanda shared a powerful quote that just blew me away.
Do you hear how powerful that quote is? It’s not the things you get finished each day that are important, but the number of seeds you plant.
Seeds of love. Seeds of Connection. Seeds of encouragement. Seeds of affirmation.
You may not check off all the items on your to do list. But don’t judge your day by those checked jobs. Instead judge the day by the seeds of connection you planted.
You may go to bed with the house in a mess and the laundry undone. But that isn’t as important as the seeds of love you planted today.
Seeds are such tiny things, but they have the power to transform into something amazing.
The small seeds of love and connection we plant each day have the power to transform the lives of our children.