Happiness or Thankfulness, Which Comes First?

Thankful

1.3.16

My daughter brought this piece of artwork home from school last year. I still love it.  On days when happiness eludes me, it cheerily reminds me that I am in control — it’s all about perspective.

For example:

•When my precious children fight like cats and dogs, I remind myself how hard I prayed for children and how lucky I am to experience motherhood, even if it’s not always exactly how I imagined it.

•When I sort the twelve piles of laundry that need to be done today, I remind myself that I am blessed to care for three active children and a husband . . . and to own laundry machines.

•When I’m unloading and filling my dishwasher for the third time since 6:30 a.m., I remind myself that I am blessed to have enough food to feed a healthy, growing family. . .and a dishwasher, too.

•When I wearily pick up all of the evidence of my family’s loud, messy life at the end of the day, I remind myself that it’s my privilege.

Life is all about perspective and making the choice to be thankful.  I choose to be thankful — again and again and again.

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