My son said something to me this morning that made me stop and focus. Mama, he said, when my cup is empty, I am sad. When it is full, I’m happy! Here he was, drinking milk from his cereal bowl, just as happy as he could be. He was fully in the moment. I just looked at him. His cheerful smile, the tousled hair, milk all over him…and it just made my heart grow. When did he get so insightful? He may have been talking about his milk at first, but then he went on to list the things that make him happy: his friends, his bike, the kitty, even mama.
It’s been a bit stressful this week, with an unforeseen medical problem for a family member. I haven’t been the best mama or wife this week. I’ve been trying to get from point A to point B and get things done – just checking things off my list. I’ve been short with folks, and grumpy with myself. Seeing his complete joy in that moment, well, it just makes me want to stop. Why don’t I approach my day like this? I’ve been choosing to be grumpy and stressed. I can choose to find something to be happy about – it’s really not that hard. Life isn’t always happy, but there is always something good. If you just look for it.
I just want to remember to take the time to enjoy the little moments like this: