A new bride called her mother in tears and told her that she didn’t want to stay with her husband as he was very mean to her. Her concerned mother asked, “What did he do?” The bride said, “Mother, he uses so many 4-letter words.” The mother was shocked and said, “That doesn’t sound like him.” Her daughter replied, “He keeps using words like ‘Cook, Bake, Wash, Iron’.”

You can surely identify with this young lady. Chores do not evoke pleasure; only pain. When you think of a chore, you are likely to think of something you ‘have’ to do; not something you ‘want’ to do. Fact is that you are stuck with chores; there is no way to get rid of them. While you can’t change the fact that you will have to cook, clean, sweep, mop, do the dishes and tackle the laundry, you can change your attitude about your daily work.

The Bhagavad Geeta says, “Whatever you do, offer it to God.” When understood, these simple words can transform the way you look at everything in life. In fact, these words can transform your entire life. Whenever you are engaged in doing a chore, visualize your sweet Lord beside you or in front of you. Think that you are cleaning the house for Him. As you prepare a meal, think that you are cooking for Him. The clothes you are washing belong to Him. Imagine the smile on His face as He shows satisfaction with the way you serve Him.

Following this practice will benefit you in two ways. First benefit is that your chores will no longer be dreary. Second benefit is that while you may be externally washing, cleaning, cooking, sweeping and mopping, internally you will be practicing devotion all day long.

Yours,
?
Didi Ji

Yours,

Didi Ji