Smiley face pancakes with blueberry eyes and strawberry lips for Marley and Jackson
Life is about choices. From the moment we wake up in the morning to the moment we close our eyes at night, we are faced with hundreds of thousands of choices. What to wear, what to eat, coffee or tea, and that’s just the first few. How about choosing how to feel?
Have you ever considered that choosing how you feel could be something you have complete control of? This is a concept we are working with our children on. We choose to be happy. Nothing is strong enough to keep us down. There may be bumps and bruises that cause us to cry from the initial pain, but in order to move on we choose to get back up again with a smile, laugh, and learn what could have prevented those tears.
Last weekend, I chose to commit myself to myself. That was not a typo. I registered and made the first move in fully committing to creating a better me. Come January 15th I will begin this journey through an intensive self discovery and leadership program that focuses on emotional intelligence. Hundreds of people travel from all over the country, and the world, to participate in this program. I fortunately only need to travel about 20 minutes from my front door. I’ve observed the break through and changes my husband has gone through, and am both nervous and excited to experience my own.
I teased him the other day that he was using words from the program on me. Our Friday afternoon was a hectic one. The morning had flown by. It was noon and we had an hour to get out the door. That didn’t happen of course. After scrambling to finish my blog for Halloween, him scrambling to finish commitments he’d started on that morning, we were finally ready to leave. ?The kids were strapped in the car. We went over our check list of must haves before driving away and realized we didn’t have Marley’s cane. The next half hour was spent searching every closet, corner, in and under every bed and couch, combed every inch of the backyard, and couldn’t find it anywhere. Marley couldn’t remember where she’d put it, and I let my frustrations of me overcommitting to too many events in too short of time come out in this one predicament. Hubby caught me snapping at Marley, and said, “Back off of Marley. This is our breakdown. We shouldn’t take it out on her.”
He was right.
I sulked, sighed, and chose to change my mood. We got back in the car, and we headed off to our first event for the day. Even though Marley didn’t have her cane with her. It was still a successful play date. We met little Dillon and his parents, all three of whom are blind. Dillon’s mom and I had arranged the play date so that Marley could show Dillon her cane. He had recently been given his first cane and doesn’t want to use it. We met them at their house, and all walked to the park together. Marley and Jackson showed Dillon’s mom their Halloween costumes by what we call, “Seeing with our hands.” Jackson was excited to see Dillon’s dad had a cane too since his Daddy doesn’t have one. Fun was had by all as the kids ran, swung, climbed, hid, and slid, and us grown ups bounced ideas around and made plans for future outings together.
Like I tell my children when they are upset, let’s make a choice on how we will feel for the rest of the day. Let’s choose to feel happy.
Now, go out and make it a Happy day!
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