Well, this first week of back to school mayhem started off a bit rocky. Superkiddo was sick after his first day, and spent yesterday at home. What did that mean for me? Lots of snuggles, fetching liquids and stuffed animals, as well as missing meetings, rescheduling calls, and getting absolutely no writing done. I could complain, but I didn’t.
There was a time when I couldn’t drop everything to be there for my son. I was working in a rather inflexible environment, and had to juggle childcare around the Bald Genius, caregivers, and extended family. The caregivers and extended family definitely love Superkiddo, but they were no match for the cuddles given by his parents. I remember battling guilt and disappointment when I couldn’t be there, and I am sure that many moms have often felt the same way. I am so overwhelmingly grateful that I can be here for him now, and whenever I am needed. My work? It can wait.
There are days when I think that standstill traffic, or extremely slow drivers are only attracted to wherever I am driving. I was in a rush to get to a meeting, and quite annoyed that traffic simply would not cooperate. Just as I was about to blow my top, I realized that a serious accident was the cause for the delay. I don’t for a moment rejoice, or take it lightly, that it happened to someone, but I was so grateful that my family was safe. Sometimes I need a reminder that although many things may derail my plans, there is always a greater plan. Maybe the delay was the very thing that kept me safe. I can focus on the bad, ugly, and frustrating, or I can find the sunshine.
Finding the sunshine, or a reason for gratitude, doesn’t eliminate the problems of life, but it definitely makes life so much more enjoyable. Let the sun in today. If you find yourself complaining, take a step back, and find a reason to be grateful. You just might find that your bad day will start to get much better.