Monday, December 12, 2016

Monday Musings: Count Your Blessings


What our life looks like-a little fuzzy, but we try hard!

Happy Monday! Thanksgiving is behind us and Christmas is around the corner. That means that the holiday season is in full swing. However, for working moms that just means that there is more to do at home and at work. That additional work combined with the normal stress that comes with living our busy lives can take the joy out of the season if you let it, don't.

Today was particularly stressful for me. Nobody in my house wanted to get up today, which meant that I had to be the "Wake up police". That's really annoying because I'm not a natural morning person. I do it because it's required. So, being the person responsible for motivating others in the AM is a bit of a chore and not one I relish. My right knee has been acting up so I was moving more slowly than usual. It was also icy this morning. That just adds another element of stress. At work, I was brought into a conflictual situation. I handled it well. However, the timing was off. Before I could decompress from my stressful home morning I was thrown into another conflict. Then, there was some confusion with my calendar. I could physically feel the stress in my nervous system.

Be Ye Grateful

Then, my mom called to tell me that someone we know had a severe stroke and lacks health insurance. (If you would like to contribute to the GoFundMe campaign that was set up for her, click here.) I also remembered what happened outside our house last night when it was 20 degrees. My husband met a couple whose car died. The car was also their home. So after he helped them put in a battery that failed to fix the problem, we helped them figure out their next step. Fortunately, we were able to do that. And we, unlike them, were in a warm home.

The joy of this season and of my life itself was renewed by these reminders. Where there is life there is hope. And where there are resources, there are options. The challenges I experienced today are called life. And yes, certain things exacerbated the challenges that need to be changed. However, on balance, it is all good in my world. And for that, I say, "Thank you!"

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend and that your week got off to a better start than mine. However, even if it didn't, actively look for things to smile about. They are there. Also, I haven't acknowledged my followers in a while.  Thank you for following, and for reading, it means the world to me!
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