“You were given life; it is your duty and also your entitlement as a human being to find something beautiful within life, no matter how slight.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert
This morning my son, who is coming up on three, had his day made by 8:00 am. He got to watch a school bus pick up kids from the bus stop, he saw the garbage truck pick up our garbage, and got to watch an episode of Mr. Rogers. While I was grumbling in my “not enough coffee yet” haze, he was tickled pink and already had a blast by taking the time to appreciate the little things through the eyes of a child.
Then it hit me. I’ve been in a bit of a funk for a while now. Not for any particular reason, just that I have always dealt with depression on some level since my teen years. While I love being with my kids and not dealing with corporate BS, being home has its own set of challenges. This morning was just the kick in the pants that I needed to appreciate what I have, let go of the people in my life that don’t make me happy, and appreciate each day.
I will be making some subtle yet important changes and will take the time to enjoy what I have before I blink and it’s gone.
Take daily walks
- I am fortunate to live in beautiful part of the country so every day I am going to take the time to explore it. Our area is very walkable with open spaces and walking trails everywhere so there are no excuses. Whether it’s around my neighborhood or somewhere else, I am going to take a daily walk to explore and enjoy my surroundings. The exercise aspect sure wouldn’t hurt either.
Don’t sweat the small things
- I let things bother me and I can sometimes dwell on them. This one won’t be easy but I need to let go of frustration and live for the day.
Cuddle with my toddler anytime he wants
- Having a teenager as well has shown me just how fast kids grow up. I was lucky that my oldest still cuddled with me longer than the norm but I can’t guarantee that K will. He is very different from his brother in every way.
Put the phone down
- Like most people these days, I’m addicted to my phone. It dings, I have to pick it up. A random thought pops in my head, I pick it up to check Google or Wikipedia, etc.
Play a board game with my teenager
- Even though I love games, I don’t play them enough with my oldest son since he has a tendency to change the rules to suit his agenda. I get frustrated. But now that he’s matured I think we will both enjoy playing games together more.
Stop complaining about things that I can’t change
- I’ve got a lot of nerve complaining about anything, really. I have two healthy children, a nice house, food on the table, and a husband who treats me well and makes me laugh every day. What should I be complaining about? People and things that I can’t change? Pfft.
- I saw a line somewhere that made a ton of sense. I’m paraphrasing but it went something like this: we now have technology to help make our lives easier, but instead we now use technology to cram way too much in and we miss what’s really important.
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