Without a vision

"To the contemporary mind, the idea that happiness depends on good housekeeping might seem quaint or odd. A century or two ago, and in fact until the past few decades, it was taken for granted, and the quality of housekeeping was not beneath the attention of such great novelists as Jane Austen and Leo Tolstoy." -Cheryl Mendelson, Home Comforts: The Art & Science of Keeping House

I think this true in my own life anyway. When my house runs smoothly and is in order, I feel in control but when it is disorganised or dirty, I feel irritable and unhappy. It is true that most people don't notice housework until it's not done, and that in itself doesn't bolster the home keepers' spirits. However, I have learnt to focus on the end result. It helps me get through the mundane cleaning.

There is a scripture that says that without a vision the people perish and I often equate housework with this verse. Unless we visualise the finished result of a clean house, we will often neglect doing it and miss the mark completely as regards being a good home keeper. Like it or not, good housekeeping creates happiness. If we lose sight of that, we will be people without a vision!

© Glenys Robyn Hicks

Where [there is] no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy [is] he. Proverbs 29:18


  1. I have never related this passage with housekeeping. You are so right. If you don't visualize the clean, orderly house and the clear mind, you will never work to that end. I too sense stress in a disorderly home.

    1. Sometimes I have to sit down and remind myself how good it feels when the house is clean. Then I roughly figure out how long it will take, add an hour for resting in between tasks, and make a start. Imagination and working how long it will take helps me get motivated. Except on flares. Which is often lately. But I digress... thanks for sharing a cuppa with me today. Blessings, Glenys


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