March 1, 2016

Being Grateful for Everyday Things

Life gets busy. Crazy busy. There's always something to clean, fix, make or do. Day after day. Week after week. It never seems like there's enough hours in a day to get it all done, let alone enough time to just sit and be. In all the rush of life, it's easy to forget to take a moment to be grateful for the simple, everyday things. I'm not talking the big things, like being grateful for family and friends or what you'd say as you go around the table at Thanksgiving. I'm talking about the small things that are so easily taken for granted. The little things that can be easily overlooked when they really need to get the recognition they deserve.



I've realized this and am working at taking the time to think about the positive things in the day, even on the worst day when the kids are screaming, milk is spilled all over, paint is dumped, the house is a mess and the to-do list is crammed full, can actually make the day better. No matter how bad it's going. It's kind of like a personal meditation, a chance to realize that even at the worst moment, there are wonderful things going on to make it all worth it. Just thinking about a few good parts in the day helps me to reset, fix my attitude and get back in the fray. I'll admit, it doesn't always work, but on the whole, it's helping me to think more positively. It's also helping to get rid of some of the stress I have to deal with all the time. Being a mom isn't easy, so there's plenty of that going around. Anything I can do to get rid of even a tiny bit of it is worth it, especially when it's this simple to do.

Nothing I've been grateful for lately is anything outstanding by itself. 


When I look back at a few days though, I see all the good things in my life. The  good starts to overshadow the bad so that I start seeing more good, without even trying. I'm finding myself not even having to purposely stop and think about it. The good things pop into my head now on their own. When life is particularly hard (like when M2 painted the counter, wall, two chairs and bathroom the other week, making a giant mess I had to clean up while B screamed because he wanted attention right then) I have to work harder at it.

I'm not perfect, I'll never be. I'm never going to be a cheery Mrs. Mary Sunshine type, seeing rainbows and kittens everywhere. When life is nuts, I'm not going to be sitting there humming, saying, "Oh, it's ok! Everything is wonderful!" That's just not me. Early mornings and I are never going to be friends, either, no matter how pretty that sunrise is or how grateful I am for it. However, I am determined to have a better outlook overall though and to recognize what good things are in my life. Seeing only bad just makes life harder.


Being able to see good even during the bad is going to help me be a better mother and teach my kids to see life in a more positive way.

Have you ever noticed how kids see the magic in everything? Every day is an adventure. Every hour is a chance for something good. Laughter comes easy. Life holds promise. I don't want them to lose that and to focus on the bad. I want them to see life as they do now, beautiful and wondrous. Kids learn by example, so I need to be that example.

During your crazy days, feeding the kids breakfast, cleaning up the messes, breaking up the latest argument and trying to diffuse the millionth tantrum, look for the good. When life is going great, the house is clean, you got out to do errands, the kids are listening, look for the good. You'll be amazed how easy it starts to be. You'll start to see how great your life really is and how much you never realized is special about each day. The little good things will become more important than the bad. You'll start to see that magic that your kids do again.


If I really get my act together, I'll make a nifty journal and write down a few good things about each day. Realistically, I'd probably not even get through a full week and it'd sit to collect dust, taking up valuable real estate on some surface. Mental notes are going to have to be good enough.

What good things have been going on lately? 

Seeing M2 and B having a dance party. M2 creating a neat picture in all the paint mess and her being very proud of it. Listening to music during breakfast. Watching M2 go crazy watching Harry Potter, screaming, "Potter fly! Potter fly!" B grabbing his sister's brush and running off with it, just to see if she notices. Finishing a new coloring project. The snow coating the trees in our yard. The moon lighting up the entire street, casting a glow so bright it looks like early morning. Snuggling deep in the warm bed sheets. Finding a discount grocery store in our area that'll help cut the food bill. Renting movies from the library. Finding two books that have been on hold for months, that I really wanted to read, available at the library -- both on the same day. Reading a new author that I like. Having a pizza with A and watching a movie once the kids have gone to bed. Listening to a new, catchy song. Eating sweet, juicy strawberries even in winter.


Like I said, all little things. Things that may seem silly to others but help me feel calmer, happier and thankful for my crazy, busy life.

Please vote for me by clicking the brown Top Mommy Blogs banner below, then the ORANGE button on the following page to cast the vote. Thanks!!

Vote For Me @ The Top Mommy Blogs Directory Vote For Me @ The Top Mommy Blogs Directory

26 comments:

  1. This is a great idea ... letting thinking about little things that are going right be a conscious thing that helps relieve stress from all the things that don't go right. Loved the read!

    ReplyDelete
  2. This is such a wonderful message. Being grateful for the small pleasures in life can really help my attitude.

    ReplyDelete
  3. You are so right. I need to stop and be thankful for the little things more often.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I love the small pleasures in life. A piece of good chocolate is mine.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Stoping to enjoy what you have, and taking time to appreciate the little things... That's a message that more people need to take to heart.

    ReplyDelete
  6. It is true that kids do see the magic in everything. When did we become so jaded and unable to appreciate what we have?

    ReplyDelete
  7. Love being able to stay at home. I've been listening to Abraham Hicks on Youtube lately and being appreciative for what is and then focusing on what you want creates a vibration for it to show up. It's been challenging to do that for me but I've been practicing writing down what I'm grateful for every day for 5 min. before I meditate for 15 min. and then start work. Things that I want are showing up faster than expected. It's so cool! Great post.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Love this !!! And it's so true I am getting way better but it's easy to forget all the small amazing things we take for granted

    ReplyDelete
  9. Elizabeth O.3/08/2016 10:15 PM

    That's a very good reminder. Being grateful everyday makes you realize how blessed you are in life and in return that would make you feel better about your day. No matter how stressful it gets, once you think about the things you are thankful for, you're going to get a quick boost in your mood.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Thank u for sharing this wonderful message that can help us look our days in a positive note.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Inspiring message to be grateful for all the blessing the little things thanks.

    ReplyDelete
  12. I think it's really hard to be unhappy and grateful at the same time. Nice words of wisdom and advice that we could all use.

    ReplyDelete
  13. I love the message of your blog, so wise and great! Glad you shared it.

    ReplyDelete
  14. What a great message! It’s so wonderful how one simple and positive action can change so much in a person's life! "Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough." - Oprah Winfrey

    ReplyDelete
  15. You're passing a very important message, I'm doing my best do be thankful for all the little things - it helps me to maintain my peace.

    ReplyDelete
  16. You're passing a very important message, I'm doing my best do be thankful for all the little things - it helps me to maintain my peace.

    ReplyDelete
  17. I really like what you did here. This is very nice appreciating things in life is a very positive thing to have. We people now a days are very stressed in life what we need to know is being grateful and blessed for what small things in life we have, that we should take a break sometime.

    ReplyDelete
  18. When I feel like the world has become overwhelming, I do this now. I think of everything that would remind me of how blessed I am with my life.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Nice post! Yeah we should always be thankful for everything small or big. It's a gift from God!

    ReplyDelete
  20. I have been trying to be more grateful lately for the things I have. Big and small.

    ReplyDelete
  21. Such a great post! I really love that you can remember to look for the good in the bad everything will be alright! :) Thanks for sharing with us!

    ReplyDelete
  22. My perspective on things has often changed for the better when I watch children. Their exuberance is contagious.

    ReplyDelete
  23. Wonderful post. Children have an amazing and authentic way of making us see things in a more graceful light.

    ReplyDelete
  24. Little or big things I am grateful everyday. Today is warm and am grateful for that to enjoy the feel of summer.

    ReplyDelete
  25. An attitude of gratitude is always first place for me. Small and great, I am always thankful

    ReplyDelete
  26. I think things that makes me smile are the smaller. Those are the ones I thanks God every night

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. As a busy mom, I'm not always able to respond to each one, though I read and appreciate them all.