I’m keeping it short today, but hoping you’ll not skip quickly over this thought-provoking quote:
“May you live all the days of your life.” — Jonathan Swift
Here are three ways I try to find vitality in my life:
1) I try to absorb as much energy as I’m releasing. Today, I moved through several afternoon temper tantrums with as much patience as I could muster, but by day’s end, I had to collapse on the bed for a while to get back what had been taken. Tomorrow, I’m going to enjoy every moment of my swim at the Y to replenish my emotional reserves.
2) Spend as much time listening and observing as talking and sharing. Okay, I’ll admit, sometimes I fall short on this one, but when I’m off, I can feel it. I’ve also recommitted myself to listening to my kids more intently, and not just doing the “uh-huh” and “ahh” while I’m immersed in something else “more important.”
3) Glass half full. The easiest way to fail at this one is to look at others and wish we had what they have. We might look at other parents and believe they’ve got it all figured out (looks are deceiving) or compare our kids to those of others who seem more together. When I resist the temptation to focus on what I don’t have, and instead look to every little blessing I’ve been offered, I am at my happiest and most vibrant.