Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Grateful

It's been one of those days.  You know the ones I'm talking about.  I went to work at 5:00 am did  the show, three in studio interviews, and a story shoot all before 9:00.  Then it was home to relieve Eric from baby duty.  I spent the rest of my day taking care of a sick child, cleaning bathrooms, doing laundry, and organizing closets.

It wasn't really overwhelming, it was just...boring.  I found myself daydreaming about a pinterest perfect home, a toned beach body, a fabulous family get-a-way, and about a billion other things.  I don't know about you, but sometimes in the thick of every day life I forget to simply be grateful.  I think more times than not, having an attitude of gratitude is as simple as changing our perspectives.  For example:


Old: I hate that my baby is still sick.
New: I'm grateful for a generally healthy child and for the medical professionals who use their knowledge to help treat minor illnesses. 

Old: I hate that I had to work this morning instead of staying home with my sick baby.
New:I'm grateful that my husband and I both have flexible jobs that allow us to work half days when our baby is sick.  


Old: I'm hate cleaning up a million toys every day, doing laundry, and generally house chores.
New: I'm grateful for a warm home to make family memories in and for the mess those memories sometimes make.  


Old:I hate being so stinkin' tired all the time.
 New:I'm grateful for the blessing of bearing and raising children, because no mother should ever have empty arms.

Old: I hate that I never get free time with husband any more.
New:I'm grateful for a man who understands my current demands as a working, pregnant mother and who goes out of his way to make every day chores like cooking dinner and bathing kids as close to a date as possible.  


My goal is to move beyond the mundane routine of the moment and to truly be grateful for the seemingly small blessings in each day.  After all, it's truly the small things that matter in life!

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