Picking Grapes

We should all do what, in the long run, gives us joy,
even if it is only picking grapes or sorting the laundry.

~ E.B. White

I suppose I agree with that statement for the most part. I think we’re created to use our gifts, and when we are using them, that’s when the joy comes. For some that may mean using special unique talents, like playing the violin or sculpting a treasured statue. For others it may be using physical strength to help others with yard work, move furniture into a new home, or yes, maybe even picking grapes.

That doesn’t always mean, that for me to have joy, I should be spending every bit of my time making pictures, singing, cooking my favorite dishes, or doing whatever tickles my fancy. Some days my purpose is laundry. And that’s okay.

As much as I complain about the laundry, I need to understand that, even in the middle of a mountain of dirty duds, I can still have joy. It’s about my choice of attitude.

The gift of laundress? Why not. It’s necessary, just as necessary as any of the gifts doctors, teachers, lawyers, policemen, or pilots use. Besides, who’d want to hang around a doctor with stinky clothes anyway? And who says I can’t sing and do the laundry at the same time?

Or dance?

The dancing, singing, laundress.

I may be on to something.

Wishing you joyful grape picking!


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    Tickled Red says

    So true! Finding the joy in the simple things can be just as rewarding as creating a new masterpiece. I’m working on finding the joy in cleaning my kitchen after I play mad scientist. Cleaning the kitchen is fun…cleaning the kitchen makes me happy…cleaning the kitchen is my masterpiece…I’m just going to stare at the grape photo instead :) It’s purty!

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    Or inviting someone to dinner or taking a meal to someone in need …

    I think we find joy when we take our minds off of ourselves and our problems and we reach out.

    And grape picking it is for you. Tomatoes for me today. :) I want to make salsa.

    Have a glorious day. Love you Amy!

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    Thank you for the quote, Amy! It’s definitely something to keep in mind as we wade through the everyday things that may not be our favorite, finding the joy because of the end result it provides.

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    I facilitate a class every year called “MOMS – Ministry of Mother’s Sharing” and we devote an entire session to finding the grace in the small things we do…laundry, wiping noses, picking grapes, etc. Great post :) Enjoy that laundry.

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    Wenderly says

    Gorgeous photo Amy! I was just this minute grumbling about my “laundress” title. Now, I shall rejoice and sing and do the jig…you are on to something!

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    SMITH BITES says

    Am sure lovin’ you lots these days Miss Amy – the quote is perfect as is this post. Singing while I do my chores? I can absolutely do that. Dancing while doing my chores? . . . well that’s a whole other story and I’m stickin’ to it . . .

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    This is so true. I think we get so caught up in the “not so great moments” that we assue everything has to be great and don’t even stop to think about the fact that in some instances, others would give their lives to have our not so great moments.

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    Patrice says

    Wow, a dancing, singing laundress! Sounds like there’s a TV show in it. You know, whenever I get bummed by laundry, I think of how women had to do laundry in the old days. I guess there are probably folks in other countries who also have far more labor just to get one load done. I haven’t gotten to the point of singing and dancing with that chore, but maybe there’s still hope for me!

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    Pam says

    I love the photo!! Beautiful :)

    I’m struggling a bit with joy in the moment and your post really encouraged me. Thank you.

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