Routine is not a dirty word.
Routine is not synonymous with boring.
Routine is predictable.
Having a routine is comforting–you know what comes next.
There are those times you just need to go on auto-pilot and having a routine has trained you to get through a series of steps without having to think about it. It’s kind of like when you walk or drive the same route everyday and sometimes you don’t know how you got from Point A to Point B. You did it by not thinking about it. That’s the beauty of a routine.
Then there are those times when the news of the day is so awful, yet you still have to function and go on. The kids need to be fed, the laundry has to be laundered, and the dog walked (for those of you with kids and dogs, that is), but you get my point. There isn’t a “pause” button or a “rewind button” or even a “fast forward button” for life. You need to keep moving forward, no matter what emotions you are feeling, especially when you are the one who is the Captain of the Ship, so to speak.
When the world feels insecure, there is at least some security and comfort in having routines. There are bedtime routines, morning routines, washing the dishes routines, etc. If anyone wants me to blog about any of these specific areas to give you a little food for thought, I’d be happy to do so.
In light of the tragic events in Jerusalem today, after having cried buckets of tears and feeling emotionally drained, my dishes still got washed, the laundry done, everyone home-worked, fed, bathed, and put to bed. Without our household routines firmly in place, chaos could have ensued–but didn’t.
May our routines give us the structure and comfort to get through whatever comes our way.
Thanks for reading.
The Klutter Koach