The other day, I left my car to be serviced and sat in the waiting room until some kind, prior appointed, soul came to give me a ride home.  I caught just one part of an interview with a man who said something about a survey that had been done which concluded that doing the dishes was the most difficult part of a woman’s day.

I have been pondering this ever since.  To be fair, I’m positive the statement needs more context, since I only caught that much.  If he were referring to somewhere that the water had to be hauled, heated, and sterilized, it would still seem to me that the actual dish washing would be the least of these problems.  If one has a dishwasher and all is in perfect working order, how can the dishes possibly be an issue?

It has caused me to think and discuss with as many as will listen to me…”What is the most difficult thing you do in a day?”

When it was -29 degrees fahrenheit, the wind was blowing, the snow was piling up several feet deep, I had a funeral I really needed to attend, and Gramma was afraid because her furnace dropped below 80 degrees, the dishes were the least of my panic attack.  When the days got warmer and longer, and there was a lake in my back yard, the dishes and the laundry were REALLY BIG ISSUES until I calmed down and washed them by hand.  Silly me.

What is hard for me?  Making decisions, speaking in front of people, losing weight, gaining muscle, and not eating all the m&m’s come to mind.  Speaking and thinking kindly, reaching out to others, and cleaning bathrooms also top the list.  Some days getting out of bed and doing something, anything at all, takes all the effort I have.

Sending H.H. off to work for 2 weeks at a time makes some Mondays very hard to deal with but the reward is that on another Monday he gets to come home.  In fact, for every one of those things on my hard- things- to- do list, there is a really great reward for doing each one.  The greatest reward is the strength that I receive when I triumph over the hard and do them!  President Heber J. Grant was very fond of saying “That which we persist in doing becomes easy to do; not that the nature of the thing has changed, but that the power to do has increased.”

Tell me what is hard for you to do.  And pray for me that not eating all the m&m’s becomes easier for me, would you please?



Rhonda Brown lives in rural eastern Montana, surrounded by her family, chickens, gardens and dog. When she isn't writing or weeding, she loves spending time with her family, baking, and all things CHOCOLATE.


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