In light of the tragic tornadoes in Oklahoma, and what seems to be an almost endless stream of sadness in the news, I am counting my blessings. All too often, it’s so easy to get hung up on the things that have gone wrong throughout the day, whether it be hitting every red light on the way to work, spilling my coffee, or having a baby who doesn’t sleep very much (ME! ME! ME!). Yes, these things ARE very annoying, and I feel that it’s perfectly natural to view them as such, but I really feel that I need to make a more concerted effort to focus on all of the positive and wonderful things in my life, rather than the petty annoyances. There’s just something about a tragedy that gives me such a gut-check and puts things back in perspective for me; it brings me back around to what’s really important, and reminds me of just how lucky I am.
Recently, I have had a few friends experience great illness and loss, with respect to their children. I cannot even imagine the pain and worry as they deal with all of the “what ifs”. On the days when my son wakes up way too early, because he wants to “talk” and play, I try to remind myself that I am so lucky that he CAN do these things. I am lucky that he can make many different sounds, because some babies can’t. I am lucky that I have to watch him like a hawk when he is on his playmat, because he can “log roll” halfway across the room in about 30 seconds. I am lucky that he blows raspberries when I’m feeding him, and gets sweet potatoes everywhere, because that means that his oral motor skills are developing. He is growing, learning, and changing every day, and I am so lucky to get to witness this on a daily basis, because some parents don’t get that chance. Tonight, I am going to hug him a little tighter, and give him his 1,001st kiss of the day, as I say a prayer of thanks for the wonderful blessing that is him.
Rather than complain about how long it takes to do the laundry and straighten up the house, I should focus on the fact that my family and I are so blessed to have so much. We have way more than we will ever need: a beautiful home, full of furniture, more clothes than can fit into our closets, and a pantry and refrigerator full of food. There are so many people who would give anything to have these things that I, all too often, take for granted. Most of us have so much, but many times, don’t take enough time to really take it all in.
I have a husband who loves me and works so hard for our family, a healthy, thriving baby boy, two fantastic dogs, and a tremendous family. When I actually take the time to put it on paper, it is really quite humbling. So, maybe this is my mid-year’s resolution: to recognize and acknowledge just how very lucky I am.