The Shark

Do you have one of these?

No – not a door.  The gadget in front of the door.  A Shark.  Its a mop.  Ya, this blog is sort of about mopping.

I used to despise mopping.  It was my least favorite chore.  I would rather eat a sock than mop.  Well…, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but mopping was the last chore to ever get done at my house.  I whistle while I scrub the toilets. I sing while I dust.  I smile as the vacuum and I dance around the house.  But I don’t whistle, sing or smile when I mop.

I wouldn’t dream of clicking while mopping.  That would be a travishamockery.

…until now.

About four months ago I was walking through WalMart, unaware that my life was about to change forever, when the end cap called to me.  “Look over here, Hilary.”  And I did.  Before my eyes was the most beautiful piece of boxed plastic I had ever come across.  I picked it up and put it in my cart.

The Shark and I have been besties ever since.  We love being together.   I can hardly believe I am saying these words, but…I actually LOVE mopping now.

I even took my Shark to church yesterday.  No lie.  It was part of an object lesson.  I told my Relief Society friends about how I used to feel about mopping and how I feel now.  Then, I explained that just like there were chores that I don’t like, there are qualities I don’t like about myself – things I wish I could change.  Things I wish were different about me.

I told them how the Atonement has helped me change those unlikeable quirks.  Even some of my greatest weaknesses are on their way to becoming strengths.  The Savior has helped me change.  He has taken parts of my personality that were lacking, and helped me become better – more like Him.

I am so grateful for the Atonement.  I am grateful that we can change because of Him.

And…I’m grateful for clean floors.

Blog to you soon,

Hilary

 

8 Responses to “The Shark”

  1. Wendi Says:

    I feel the same way about the Atonement. The Savior has helped me make so much progress in changing my weaknesses into strengths one step at a time over the past two years. Thank you for sharing your testimony. I hate mopping too. Maybe I should invest in one of these. Although I hate dusting and cleaning toilets too. Sigh. :)

  2. Leisel Says:

    Which version did you get… there are a bunch, with a wide variety of prices.

  3. Carolyne Bamforth Says:

    You bet I have one of those handy, dandy gadgets. And I love my Shark. One of the jobs I hate in my house is floors, I’d rather scrub toliet before I did my floors.. lots and lots of hardwood in my house. But with the shark….wow. Quick and clean. And who could belief just water.
    And lets not forget the Atonement. So grateful for what I have been given, and the power of forgiveness through our Heavenly Father.

  4. Misty Says:

    Hilary my dear, you are hilarious. Thanks for this post. I just love your sense of humor. It is refreshing and uplifting. I am listening to your newest album, “Say Love” and I am just loving it. And my three little girls ( ages 9, 8 and 6) love it and sing along!! I LOVE THAT!!! They say, “She is so positive! It’s so nice!”. Thanks for giving us something to listen to so we can start our days off on a positive note. You’re great.

  5. Misty Says:

    Hilary my dear, you are hilarious. Thanks for this post. I just love your sense of humor. It is refreshing and uplifting. I am listening to your newest album, “Say Love” and I am just loving it. And my three little girls ( ages 9, 8 and 6) love it and sing along!! I LOVE THAT!!! They say, “She is so positive! It’s so nice!”. Thanks for giving us something to listen to so we can start our days off on a positive note. You’re great.

  6. Geri Stewart Says:

    The wonderful Shark mop used to be my best friend until I found something even better, my MojaWorks mop! I gave my old best friend away after trying my new best friend! I also love my Savior and am so grateful for His Atonement. I don’t know where I would be without the Gospel in my life. I love your wonderful songs, they are so uplifting! I went to Logan TOFW because there was a TOFG there this year and my daughter LOVES TOFG! I am also going to SLC TOFW is weekend. Can’t wait! Oh, I also found out this week that my good friends, Jen Brown and Dawn Lewis are good friends of yours!

  7. Elizabeth Rose Says:

    I appreciate you sharing your testimony about the atonement! Because what you shared strengthened my Testimony of the atonement. thanks Hilary!

  8. Leslie R. Says:

    Hilary, I am so grateful for you. You have made me laugh, made me cry, made me ponder and last but not least brought me even closer to my Savior than I have been. He is my dearest friend and when I listen to your music, I cannot hold back the deep emotion that I feel for Him within my heart. I am a writer and have wanted so much for a long time to write music and lyrics that express Him in the way that you and so many other song writers do, but just recently realized that Heavenly Father gave each one of us gifts, but not all in the same way and that’s okay. I can enjoy the beautiful gifts you have through listening to your music and I can share my testimony of Him through my special gifts he gave me. Thank you for being you and for sharing with us your struggles as well. I am comforted to know that you have similar daily challenges, weaknesses and even meltdowns like I do. You are making a difference in my life and I’m sure millions of others. With love, your sister and friend in Christ. Leslie

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