Wednesday, March 03, 2010

The Little Things

I was walking out of Prim's preschool and overheard two gals having a conversation that went something like this:

Mom 1 : How are you today?
Mom 2 (holding toddler): Great so far! I actually managed to take a shower this morning!
Mom 1: (laughing) That's good!
Mom 2: Yeah, it's the little victories really.
Mom 1: I know how you feel.
Mom 2: (gushing) I just can't believe I was able to find the time! With four kids......I had to get up super early but it was worth it!

I smiled to myself because I have had this very same conversation and I thought "Mom 2 is going to have a great day today". And not because she found a cure for cancer or won a trip to Hawaii (by herself without said children), but because she is appreciating the little things.

I bet most of us, regardless of how stressful our day is can find one thing to be thankful for in the midst of chaos. Whether it's getting quiet time before the kids wake up, having lunch with a friend or even just making it to work on time, sometimes that is victory enough.

The next time you are tempted to say how awful the day was, think about Mom 2 and how an early morning shower added some spring to her step. Find a reason to be thankful because life is too short to forget the little things.....


Sonya said...

I think all mom's have had that conversation at one time or another. I am definitely a wife and Momma who counts her blessings. Much better for your health to smile about the little victories than to let the little pitfalls get you down. :O)

Maci Miller said...

Just want to thank you for sharing all your positive thoughts on your blog. So glad I stumbled on to it this morning. Had a rough couple weeks of not sleeping and much worrying about my daughter's stomach parasite (that has stuck around for 5 months), the irritability and broken sleep that goes with it, and then I'm second guessing myself all the time. Could I have done this or that? Should we have gone to this dr instead? Sooner? Been having a little pity party for the both of us and I needed some gentle reminders...about being thankful, having faith, and about having more patience. Thank you! You have given me a gift today.

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