Is It Really That Easy?

I had no idea that productivity and greater ease at completing tasks were what she was doing. I always thought she did it just because she was “Grammy” and I was her “little man”. And she treated all of us the same – my two siblings got the same daily treatment. Our grandmother made our bed every morning. We woke up, got a hug from Mom, hopped out of bed and we were off. Come nightfall and bed time we waltzed into a room with the bed made waiting for us to crawl in.

According to People Magazine (which I admit is not exactly the Journal of Psychology or Scientific American) and their special “2015 Wellness Issue”, making your bed in the morning increases the likelihood of your productivity throughout the day. When my grandmother became ill and could no longer complete the task, we inherited the responsibility. We would never think of heading to breakfast and off to school without first making our bed.

I’m sure it has more to do with habit than productivity, but to this day I can’t even stay in a hotel without at least “freshening up” the bed before I leave in the morning!

Our world – YOUR world – is filled with problems of great magnitude. It may be that you will have to tackle some of them today. But perhaps the point of the story in People’s Magazine is simply to remind us that, along with climate change, gun violence, the racism and sexism that continue to plague our society, there is something to be said for tending to the little things.

God, thank you for the opportunities today to make the world a better place.

A blessed Tuesday.

And it’s not too late … Go make your bed.

Mark Demers

Want to talk about sex, politics, spirituality? So do I. I grew up in a religious home in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Our country was reeling from assassinations and the devastation of the Viet Nam War. Looking for something beautiful, I got a degree in music, married the love of my life and had children. Looking for God, I then went to seminary. Looking for something that might transform the world, I became a local church pastor. Now, I’m always looking for people who want to talk about important things. I cherish conversations with emerging leaders, people who are antsy to try an idea they believe would change the world for the better. I’d would love to hear from you.