Another week has come to a close and you may have noticed something a little different here at Ex-Consumer. I haven’t been that regular in posting my Friday Favorites over the past several weeks.
Things have been busier than usual around work and home, but the real reason I haven’t been posting my Friday Favorites is because I was begininning to feel a little redundant.
Maybe it’s because every Friday my post had the same title. I’m not sure.
What do you think? Do you want me to continue to post my favorites each Friday? Or would you prefer a more sporadic round-up type post? I’m up for whatever you would like to see here.
As I write this, there is a major thunder storm roaring outside. The lights are dimming and flickering, and the rain is pounding on the windows and side of my house with near the force of a fire hose. Hopefully the battery to my laptop will see me through to the end of this post.
I’m grateful that I’m able to sit inside my home and safely watch the ferocious storm roll through. In fact, I’m grateful for a lot of things.
Finding the Silver Lining
My first grader officially became a second grader earlier this week, and until his part-time summer camp starts next week, he’s been expecting me to entertain him. He hasn’t quite switched into summer mode yet, which means he anticipates that his days will be filled with a variety of activities.
Also, my 21-month old has entered the tantrum-throwing phase of discovering his independence. And he wakes up in the morning with more energy than I can conjure with two huge cups of coffee.
I consider myself to have a moderate energy level. It’s not low, but it’s not extremely high either. Keeping up with two balls of fire (my two sons) can be challenging. Throw in a full-time job, husband and a blog — and I’m feeling spent before my usual 10:30 bedtime each night.
In the past I spent much of my time wondering why my kids were so much more…rambunctious than other kids I see their same age. Kirk and I are both pretty quiet and laid back, so it seems odd that both our children are so rowdy.
Then it dawned on me that I was looking at things the wrong way. I started to see how lucky we were to have such healthy, energetic and boisterous children. They are both filled with such a blazing light, that like the lightning illuminating the dark sky outside my window right now, they will light up any darkness with which they collide.
And what more can you really hope for when it comes to your kids?
I’m discovering that most of the things in our lives that we think are difficult, or unusual, or less than, are really just blessings waiting to be seen from the proper perspective. Once we realize this, our lives become instantly more joyful.
Try it for yourself. What is one thing that has been bringing you stress lately and that you wish you could change? Is it your health? Your job? Your spouse, kids, etc.?
Now try to think of one thing in that same area of your life for which you can be grateful.
For example, let’s say you just found out you have high blood pressure. Can you be grateful to have that knowledge, so that you’re able to change your lifestyle before it’s too late? Can you focus on a part of your body that is working well and be grateful for that?
I realize this isn’t always easy to do — especially when it comes to health problems. I have a chronic health issue that surfaced with my last pregnancy. When it’s rearing it’s ugly head, I have a hard time feeling grateful. But, I find that when I do focus on what I can do to help reduce flare-ups, and recognize all of the wonderful things my body gets right — I’m much happier and more content.
Everything in life is simply a matter of perspective. And even though I know this, I have to practice and focus on adopting a positive perspective regarding the stresses in my life each day. Even with constant practice and attention, storms of negativity and unhappiness still sweep through my mostly joyful world at times.
But I’m grateful that just like the storm passing overhead outside, the negativity that charges into my thoughts when I’m not paying attention is never permanent. I just pull back the curtains, admire the strength of the hissing wind and the beauty of the bolts of lightening, and eventually the storm gives way to sunny skies and a gentle breeze. Every. Single Time.
Your turn! Please let me know how you want me to handle the Friday Favorite posts going forward. And please share with us how YOU practice gratitude in YOUR life.
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