Gratitude Journal – April 4

I know that positive thinking breeds positive thinking. Sometimes however, it is those positive thoughts that can help you through the most difficult of times.

I often talk about living in the moment. Taking the time to focus on those little things in life that we often take for granted. This week was a test of that focus. A test of my ability to trust myself enough to know what is right in the moment.

The thinking mind sets out to protect us. It takes our experiences from the past and uses them to our interpret our present. And sometimes it takes everything in us , not to identify with those thoughts.

Why? Because we are human, and occasionally our thoughts come from a place much deeper than the mind.

They come from our hearts.

It’s been a tough few days at our house. Just as I found myself starting to get over my 2 week long cold, the girls started getting ill. It started with a cold for a couple of them, and then the stomach flu decided to visit as well.

I watched my oldest getting an IV put in Sunday, as she found herself four days into this nasty stomach flu. There I stood, fighting back the tears because my heart was pulling me in multiple directions. She was the brave one. She was the one that didn’t move or flinch when she go the IV.

I never thought that it would be her strength that would get me thru it!

 

How do we as parents not feel for our kids in these situations?

How do we not worry about the bad?

How do we not fear for the worst?

“Daddy, I want to go home. I just want to go home”.

How do we not feel something in our core at these moments?

We do.

And we wouldn’t want to feel any other way.

If you are lucky, the past experiences that your mind uses to interpret a moment like this, are not similar to mine. But if you do have similar ones – dig deep.

Be in the moment and realize that your past experiences are not always a good predictor of the future.

If anything they can remind us to treasure each and every day you have with your kids.

Time will tell for us. We are home for the hospital. We are not out of the woods yet, but we sit and hope that it is in fact just a bad bug that will pass. We are trusting that the future will be what it is, and that our love will overcome all.

And it is the power of that love that I am grateful for more than anything else.

Hug your kids. Enjoy them.

Treasure all that you have to be grateful for.

Tonight, tomorrow, and every day.

Jeff

P.S.  Today (April 5) seems to be much better – man kids are resilient!

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