As a parent it's easy to get caught up in what we think we need to be doing. It's easy to get frustrated at the "mess" that surrounds us every minute. Of course thoughts pop into my head then I try and see it through his eyes and really needs to be done -play together and give him my attention. I am eternally grateful for being taught to slow down, be in the moment and let things go.
I see the carpet needs vacuuming.
He sees confetti, sparkles, and color everywhere.
I see toys thrown off the table and they need to be picked up.
He sees the earthquake. It's there on purpose.
I see twenty books on the floor.
He sees choices to sort through.
I see five ornaments clumped together.
He sees "friends".
I see a deathtrap on the stairs.
He sees a mountain racetrack.
I see marker all over him.
He sees Mad Tiger.
I see filthy tub water.
He sees an ocean of possibility.
This is why I let it be and clean when they go to sleep. Yes, we pick up little by little together too and I get some stuff done bit by bit. But making the mess is way more fun than demanding a perfect house from minute to minute. We're all the happier for it.
And like magic we start all over again the next day.