Motivational Monday Post 20-Appreciate Each Day
As a mom every day is completely unpredictable. Some days are full of bliss with your children giggling and playing nicely together side by side. Other days are completely mayhem-never ending dirty diapers, spilled milk and messes all over the kitchen floor, piles of dirty laundry scattered throughout the house and so on and so on. Are most of your days the later?
You might be thinking to yourself:
“it’s getting harder and harder each passing day.”
“When is it ever going to get easier?”
Trust me, I have had those thoughts myself, and I can guarantee most moms are in the same boat as us.
Moms are going to have those “Tough” days
Every family make-up is different. You can be a family of 3 or a family of 7, but no matter what size family you have, you are going to have those “tough” days.
Sometimes you just try your absolute hardest to keep it together, help your children in the best way you can, be available, speak with love and bring a positive attitude into every situation. But even after all your efforts, the day still goes sour.
I have definitely had many days where I wake up, pray to God asking Him to help me be a patient and calm mom today.
With my focus on keeping the peace within the home from the moment I wake up to the moment I close my eyes at night, sometimes it doesn’t go according to plan.
By the time the day is done, and I look back and reflect how hard today was I could easily classify it as a “bad” day.
But was it really a bad day?
It’s all in the eyes of the person who is looking.
What’s Your Perspective of a Bad Day?
Today’s quote is
“There are people who would love to have your bad days.”
If you were to look back on all your “bad” days you had as a mom, I challenge you to ask yourself:
“Was it really all that bad?”
In the moment, yeah, your day could have been overwhelming, exhausting, infuriating and plain old just not fun.
Trust me, I have had many days like that where I tell my husband:
“I just didn’t have fun today with the kids. I felt like I spent every moment disciplining the kids and it was not a fun day at all”.
Those are my really tough days. We all have had days like this as a mom.
My sweet husband always comes back to reassure me of the good in the day.
He helps me to appreciate the quality time I shared with the children, even though it was focused around disciplining. He helps me to understand the value in my parenting ability and how my efforts as a mom will further shape my children into well mannered kids.
“Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
My husband helps me to realize that some days are going to be harder than others, but really in the grand scheme of things, it was rather not that bad. We still have our health, our house, our jobs, our faith, the fresh air to breathe and our love for one another.
Some people don’t have what we have and I should not be taking it for granted. Is it really worth complaining about, the temper tantrum and the big messes? No!
It’s time to appreciate our bad days and be grateful for it not being worse.
Take a moment and reflect on how your most recent “bad” day affected you and how you could of handled it better. Do you think you overreacted to the mishaps? Was there anything positive that occurred that day that you may have overlooked? Comment below with your thoughts.
Dr. Jena Bradley, DPT
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