Do you have moments where you are thinking how blissful things are and then 10 minutes later your kids are fighting with each other in a public place and you look like the crazy mom who can't keep it together? Okay, that happened today. I was using all my patience and didn't dart my eyes around to see if people are really seeing this all unfold before me - instead just stated matter of factly to my 6yo "Yes, I know you are embarrassed, we are ALL embarrassed." I think just stating what IS helped me find my center again. With every passing month of this parenting journey I am indeed learning not to sweat the small stuff - seriously this is huge for me because I'm regularly having it in the back of my mind that my children's behavior is a reflection of my parenting, and I had an epiphany... that the only thing that is a reflection of my parenting is how I BEHAVE when they have their "moments" so to say. That "pause" button sure is easier for me to find as of late. Then an hour later, we're at the park and I capture this photo of them being in a state of bliss again.
First, I'm grateful that I am having an easier time finding that "pause" button so I can respond rather than react to those situations. Second, I have abundant gratitude for these 3 kids! The 4th kid with the hat is a photo bomb - he's not mine ; ) I know people who want to have children and do not have them and for all the crazy there is plenty of laughter and hugging - so I'm grateful to take the whole package.
I got a call today from the hair salon I went to right before Christmas informing me that I had won a raffle basket with all these amazing Aveda products! Aveda is my brand of choice when it comes to my hair so I was thrilled to win. What was further interesting is that when I arrived at Joelle's hair salon I saw there were a few other baskets from the raffle and they were for various other product brands - how cool is it that I won stuff I already love and will actually use?
This is only day 15 of this 365 day journey and I have to say I feel pretty certain that the conscious effort of being thankful, expressing gratitude, and looking for the good is manifesting itself pretty nicely.
Anyone else on a gratitude journey or inspired to start? New year, new perspective!