Finding The One Thing That Can’t Be Undone

“Do one thing every day that cannot be undone.”

This morning I was listening to the Happier podcast and had to stop and listen to that one sentence again. A mom with 4 small children in Nevada was offering the best advice she’s ever received: “Do one thing every day that cannot be undone.”

I think it may be some of the best advice I’ve ever heard for moms of small children.

There are so many times I’ve heard advice that is completely not helpful. You’ve probably heard it too:

“Leave the dishes – they aren’t going anywhere!” (I always think, “Yeah, then I’ll have twice as many and be even more overwhelmed”).

“Don’t worry about the pile of laundry – it can wait” (Until when? We are all walking around in stinky underwear?!)

I wish I could say I’m a go-with-the-flow kind of girl. But I’m not. The truth is, letting things pile up makes me completely batty. But there is the flip side of feeling like I spend all day working my tail off only to collapse exhausted at the end of the day and realize I have to do it all again tomorrow.

When I knew it was time to quit my job I felt Nehemiah 6:3 was my verse. “I am doing a great work and cannot come down.” While I still feel that mothering my children is one of the greatest works I will do in my lifetime, it is also one of the most frustrating. Someone always needs a bath, fresh clothes, more food, and just made a mess for me to clean up.

This one statement: Do one think every day that cannot be undone. It feels like something I can do to feel a little less like I’m spinning my wheels.

Life with littles is never boring. This week, however, I am going to be intentional about doing one thing each day that cannot be undone. One thing that I can look at and feel that progress was made. I’m choosing to finish ordering prints and updating our family photo albums. I have barely done this since Lynleigh was born so this may be my “one thing” for quite a while.

What about you? What is one thing you could do every day?


  1. Rebecca Dishman says:

    I love this! It feels accomplishable and I am see where I would feel like I did something that made a difference. My one thing will be writing in the baby journals. I’m SO far behind.

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    • Aimee says:

      I know what you mean – I am WAAAAY behind on Lynleigh’s. Working on it once or twice a week though is making a huge difference! Sorry for the delay in replying – your comment was somehow lost amongst the spam I needed to weed out.

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