I can’t tell you how many times in the last few weeks I have typed or uttered the words, “Today was awful”, “I’ve had a couple of bad days” or “It’s one of those days/weeks.” I’m so burnt out on it. It’s not even funny. And if I hear or read myself say it again, I might just scream.
Things out of my control happen, I know. I can’t change that, but I’m just done with admitting that negativity is controlling me and allowing myself to feel down because of it.
Some days my chronic pain is out of control, the kids have lost their marbles and are jumping off the walls, the toddler has made it clear she is over wearing diapers and sends a clear message by taking off her diaper during nap time and dumping it all over her crib, my kindergartener doesn’t want to sit and learn and I feel like he’s not listening to a single word I say, and to top it all off: our couch and plumbing give out at the same time.
So, instead of sitting and whining out a complaint, I’m going to list some good things to counteract these things. (You know, back to that whole “Look on the sunny side” thing. Gotta love Polly Anna! (And my Grandma instilling it me.) It’s time to get back on track.
- Every single day is a gift from the Lord. If I sit and complain about it, I’m showing disrespect and acting ungrateful. How dare I? He knows what He’s doing. If all things work together for good, then I’m going to have to accept both the good… AND the bad.
There are few things I can do about my pain. When it is present, I have to learn to manage it the best I can and continue with my day. Moaning “Woe is me” does nothing. I will continue to praise my risen Savior and carry my faith that when the time is right he will heal me.
- Kids are kids. Sometimes they just have energy pent up that they can’t control and it needs to get out. Energy is contagious! Instead of complaining about their energy, I’ll try to catch it. After all, they will not be this age forever.
- Yay! She’s almost potty trained! Time to think of all the money we’ll be saving on diapers! 😀
- Time to remind myself of all the times I have felt he doesn’t listen to a single word I say, but the next day repeats it to me word for word and shows me with his work that he is, indeed, learning.
- Yes, the couch gave out. But the Lord blessed us with a gorgeous and much more comfy new one! As for the plumbing, it comes with living in an older home. There’s nothing I can do about it, so no reason to run around acting like the sky is falling.
Now here I am, determined. I will make the best out of each situation. However, that doesn’t mean that I’m not going to cry out to God and beg:
“Please, please help! I can’t do ALL of this on my own and pretend to keep my sanity. Give me strength and lighten the load. I raise my hands to You, and give You all the praise! Thank You for Your mercy, kindness, never-ending love, and ever presence. I love You so much, Jesus. Thank You for all of Your many blessings. Your will be done, Amen.”
Putting it all in to action: No more claiming bad days and weeks are keeping me down. After all, life with 3 kids 5 & under that were born within 3 years? What do I really expect. 😉 And there is nothing I can do about my older children remaining at their Dad’s house out-of-state. Might as well make the best of it and enjoy it while it’s here! Right?
What do you do to bring yourself out of a “funk” or string of “those weeks”? I’d love to know!