|Kitchen Island Remodel|
I hate dust! It is everywhere and gets in and on everything. The haze it leaves on furniture drives me crazy most days!
Imagine a dust hater who decides to have a kitchen remodel. My biggest concern wasn't how the remodel would look, Oh NO! I was most concerned the contractors wouldn't cover everything well enough in plastic to keep the dust down.
My worst nightmare was realized when I walked into the house after leaving the electrician alone to put in the new pendant and pot lights. WHAT! NO PLASTIC! I saw drywall dust all over the counters, floors, in all my dishes, pot pans, silverware, you name it! These particles even had the audacity to take up residence INSIDE closed cabinet doors.
My OCD went into overdrive and I began the laborious job of dusting, washing and mopping everything in the kitchen, breakfast nook and family room. I could not even enjoy the progress that was being made because I was caught up ridding my home of the tons of dry wall particles that had invaded my space.
I spent several hours cleaning the kitchen area and fell into bed exhausted! I woke up the following morning and walked into the kitchen. I stood in awe as I saw the beautiful lights against the sleek white cabinets. What a transformation! Out with the old and outdated and in with the new and more modern!
The previous night I had gone to bed thinking about all I had left to clean up and get in order. The morning brought a different perspective. My focus was on the beauty in front of me and not the work behind me or ahead of me. I was able to look beyond the clutter and dust remaining in the other rooms and just see the kitchen.
Life can be so much like drywall dust. It can consume us, stress us and keep us from seeing the beauty right in front of our eyes. Yes, I felt accomplished when my tasks were done, but I did them with an ungrateful, disgusted and misdirected heart.
Today I look at the dust and the tasks ahead of me with a heart full of thankfulness and peace. The work remains the same, but my eyes now see the beauty amidst the dust. I have given myself permission to get off of the OCD train and just enjoy watching the transformation unfold!
Let's continue giving ourselves permission to get off the train and enjoy the beauty within the dust!