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Thursday, September 2, 2010

if it matters

Ever wonder if what you do matters?

Like being at home, cooped up away from the sun and adult conversation to care for little people who have not yet learned how to say "thank you"?

Like typing up meeting minutes and newsletters that no one reads?

Like writing blog posts for a blog that no one visits?

Like making gestures of friendship to a person who shows no interest in being nice?

Like doing laundry that will again be done the following day?

Like going to bed early knowing you will still wake up tired?

Like exercising even though your pants keep getting tighter?

Like reading scriptures even though your heart still feels weighed down?

Like pinching pennies even though they are already squealing?

Like keeping calm when someone is yelling at you even though you feel like crying?

Like cooking meals your kids may or may not feed to the table legs?

Like standing up for what you know to be true even though you will be mocked?


Does what you do matter?

Yes. It does.

Maybe there will be no evidence of it today. And probably no evidence tomorrow. But if you keep doing the righteous things with integrity and consistency, the results will appear when gestation is complete. What seems microscopic now is growing. Undetectably perhaps, but it is growing. The consistent deed grows exponentially until one day (soon? later?) it reaches momentum and proof explodes undeniable that, yes, what you do matters.

Keep being. Keep doing. Keep at it. You matter and your work matters.

16 comments:

Aubrey said...

Thanks for this. I needed it today.

steelebjm said...

Like.

Jackie said...

Excellent, timely post.

Helen said...

Wow, thanks Adhis. I really needed to read that. You are so awesome, and the things you do really do matter. Thanks for being a great example to me!!

Helen said...

Wow, thanks Adhis. I really needed to read that. You are so awesome, and the things you do really do matter. Thanks for being a great example to me!!

Lyns said...

Thanks. :)

Sheree said...

Yes, I do wonder those things. Today in fact. If you feel like wallowing in it a little, read Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech. It is a Newberry winner (kids book) but I cried through the whole thing.

Wendy said...

You've gone all deep on us. I'm glad you did. You're a wise woman.

lisapants said...

Thanks for the reminder!

Kristen said...

All this time I've wondered what creature our kids have been feeding down there. Now I know! Those table legs sure are hungry.

To all involved, I highly recommend this book: http://www.amazon.com/Am-Mother-Jane-Clayson-Johnson/dp/1590387171

Good stuff.

(I bet you can find it at the library. It's even in our itty bitty library.)

islandgirl said...

Like, Like, and Like. Great post Adhis, thanks!

Kristen said...

By the way, I appreciate being called "no one."

Kat said...

This is one awesome post. Thank you. :)

Amannda Ashby said...

I must say this is exactly why I like you so much. I love the insight I get out of life when I talk with you. I enjoy talking with you face to face, but I also really enjoy reading your thoughts written down. THANKS!

Marcella said...

This is a great post Adhis! Good to hear because I wonder why I do a lot of things!

Nathalie Smith said...

That is D
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But as a mom you sometimes need to be reminded of this.
:)