6:30 am. The alarm is buzzing in my ear. Two of my daughters are already awake and sitting in the semi-dark living room arguing. I am not even out of bed, nor has a cup of coffee grazed my lips. My husband and I look at each other and groan.
At this point, I have two choices. I can go in the living room and lecture my children for a) being up TOO early and b) for arguing over a toy they will lose eventually. My other choice is to BREATHE…and be grateful.
-Be grateful they are awake and healthy.
-Be grateful that we have such beautiful daughters.
-Be grateful that it’s a school day and the bus will come soon!
The dictionary defines gratitude as: the quality of feeling of being grateful or thankful. When we begin to view our lives through the lens of gratitude, we begin to see our lives as a gift. The great thing about this, is that our attitude will change from one of frustration to one of thankfulness.
There is no doubt stress in life. As a mom to three daughters, a business owner and a wife, life gets overwhelming. If it’s been a rough day, I have a ritual. When the house is finally quiet, I think of 3 things that I am grateful for that day. They may be as small as my husband taking out the trash or more significant, like receiving a phone call from an old friend.
Raising children is not easy. But, if you practice the art of gratitude, you can view the daily struggles with more perspective and privilege. We should all be so grateful to have children to whom we can teach, love and share our journey…even in the early morning.
Amy Laguna, mama to 3 girls
SeekingSitters Houston North