Is this you? Rush, rush, rush. School, errands, work, sports, church! As parents, we are often hurried, rushing to and from our countless obligations. Some days are busier than others, but most of the time we are trying to get from point A to point B quickly so that we will be ready for what’s coming next. I am making a conscious effort to find thanks even in the midst of a life that all too-often has me on the move.
How do I do this? Well, some days it’s easier than others, that’s for sure! One thing I make a point of doing is to purposefully wake up earlier than I need to each day so that I have quality time to spend in prayer. It is a great way for me to prepare my mind and spirit for all that my day will hold. Instead of getting frustrated or irritated when I am moving through the many things that need my attention, I can recall the powerful words I’ve read and thank God for what comes my way.
Running late in the morning? Stuck in traffic? Waiting in line again at Wal-Mart? Most of the time you’ll see that the only thing you can change about the situation you’re in is your attitude. Instead of letting it get you down, try taking a deep breath and think of three things you are grateful for. Can’t come up with three at that frustrating moment? Try for two or even one! Once you start, you’ll find it will become easier and easier to keep a thankful mindset. Use the moments of your day to see how blessed you are to have places to go and people to see!
Some days can feel overwhelming – trust me I’ve been there! I do still have times where I’m not in a positive frame of mind. They become few and far in between, however, as I make time to recall the many reasons I am thankful. Try it today and see how it feels! I guarantee it beats complaining and letting life drag you down.