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Being ordinary

Recently a friend of mine suggested I get some help do  to my household chores. Apart from daily laundry and meals and quick cleaning, two days a week, at least, I work like a whirlwind to do all the mopping and vacuuming, dusting and polishing, laundry, ironing, bedlinen changes, etc…the list of things to do in a household is endless.

Well, her suggestion did make a lot of sense….if I don’t have to do all those things, I will most certainly have more time to work on my charity projects and my counselling practice (which would be wonderful indeed….) AND, who knows, perhaps I’ll even have a moment for that one elusive thing….me-time. For me this ‘me-time’ is the 3 minutes each evening I spend to brush my teeth before I pass out in bed (usually this does not happen in the evening at all, rather in the early morning hours!) Please don’t get me wrong, I’m NOT complaining. I love my life, I love the work I do, the charity work and counselling AND the housework (which inevitably involves raising children and, more often than not, a percentage of said children is not even mine, but frequent friends! Yes, for some bizarre reason, kids like to be at my house…weird, seeing as I am one with a very sharp tongue and always busy scolding them about one thing or the other.)

So I started thinking about what my friend suggested…seriously. Perhaps it will be good to get someone to help out…even if the person can only to some of the chores. I’ve been turning these thoughts over and over in my mind for a while now and then, one day, I had an epiphany. I was walking in the mall, as usually I was in a hurry and, as usual, underdressed – baggy jeans, skinny t-shirt and sneakers, with the appropriate wild-eyed look I get when I’m irritated by all the slow-pokes moping around in front of me. Two very well-dressed ladies with designer hair, designer clothes, designer accessories and matching designer faces were walking behind me. I overheard one saying to the other: ‘Oh, darling, you can SO see this mall is NOT in an upper-class area. Just look at the frumpy people around us’  This was said in a la-di-dah tone, you understand. So I just kind of peered around over my very un-fashionable glasses and stared at them, hoping to get some kind of reaction.  Well, they DID react….in a ‘Eeek its a freak’-way, flashing matching designer smiles and walking off stiff-legged on their Pradas (sheez, must be some balancing act walking on those heels). Don’t get me wrong….I have great respect for people who manage to look good, what I don’t have any time for is people who THINK they look good and even worse, think they are better than others because of WHO they think they are, WHERE they live and WHAT they wear or own.  Earthly possessions and skin-deep looks means NOTHING in the eyes of the Beholder….there’s no Trailerent branch in the afterlife.

Remember, while this little drama played out, I was still mulling over the idea of getting help at the house. Suddenly, after seeing those two ladies, I realized that I refuse to become like them, I refuse to start thinking I am better than others…I AM NOT…all of us are just people. We all bleed, we all have organs, faces, noses and ears and, as a friend said to me many years ago….you may giggle..she said that even those of us who think they spit gold and cry diamonds have to go to the toilet and wipe themselves. Perhaps this is what lead to the next thought…..

I will not get someone to help around the house, I’ll do the chores myself…because, you know, NOTHING keeps you grounded like cleaning your own toilets.

And, like Forrest Gump said….this is all I have to say about that!!!

 

 

 

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Sharon Hattingh just shared an Instagram photo with you:

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“Summer is here! ”
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Daily bread

1 Peter 2:15, 16 GNB

“For God wants you to silence the ignorant talk of foolish people by the good things you do. Live as free people; do not, however, use your freedom to cover up any evil, but live as God’s slaves.”

See it at YouVersion.com:

http://bible.com/296/1pe.2.15.gnb

Sharon HattinghCounsellor/Founder: IHF
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Private: 0767122771

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Daily bread

John 15:5 GNB

““I am the vine, and you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will bear much fruit; for you can do nothing without me.”

See it at YouVersion.com:

http://bible.com/296/jhn.15.5.gnb

My heart is filled with joy at the goodness of the Lord. Throughout this busy time, God has shown me that He has not forgotten what I prayed for at the start of this year. Remember my desperate prayer that my younger son should finally taste the fruit of success in school? Well, this week he came home with a maths test….marks 30% higher than the first term. Praise the Lord.. now I know Tristan will also excell in his other subjects, because God has finally listened.

Sharon HattinghCounsellor/Founder: IHF
Work: 0724360562
Private: 0767122771

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John 13:14-15

I’m currently reading day 8 of Jesus Culture Bible Challenge: A 30 Day Journey. To join in and read along go to:

http://bible.com/r/Ac.8.U

John 13:
14 I, your Lord and Teacher, have just washed your feet. You, then, should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set an example for you, so that you will do just what I have done for you. Sent via my BlackBerry from Vodacom – let your email find you!

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