Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Mommy Mondays: Toddlers Teach Us Lessons


The umbrella that inspired it all...
This Monday morning my daughter was excited. She was excited to go to school. She was also excited to use her new " Hello Kitty" umbrella. It was raining in Pittsburgh this AM. While most people may have been a little down, my daughter was downright giddy!

As we walked to school she marveled at the rain, the multi-colored leaves and the piles of leaves on the ground. She strolled, smiled and twirled her umbrella.  it was clear that she was amazed by the splendor of the world and thought it should be enjoyed. There are lessons for working moms in this scenario.

Working Moms Can Learn Life Lessons From Toddlers

Perhaps we should greet the world with expectancy every day. Sure, we know that Mondays mean that we are going back to the proverbial grindstone. Mondays mean leaving the haven called the weekend. We are thrown back into the workplace where there are multiple personalities, meetings, and rules that don't always make sense. Sometimes, probably too often, we greet Mondays with dread, regret and a pile of unfolded laundry...

It is easy to view Mondays that way, but we should resist the urge. Instead, we should approach the world like our children. Instead of focusing on the inconveniences of work, we should focus on the benefits. We get the satisfaction of a job well done. We get to get dressed, engage with adults and get a break from housework. We also earn our precious paychecks that allow us the ability to provide for our families. And if we're very lucky, even with all of the hassles, we actually enjoy our jobs.

Perhaps if we change our focus just a bit we'll find more reasons to smile on Monday morning.  And we may just find that rain is cause to celebrate.
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