I am going to let you finish that on your own. As a lot of you know, our lives have been so full ups and downs and inside outs that I am amazed everyday that we still know which way is up. Constantly moving, changing schools, making new friends, learning new towns (and now countries), it is a wonder to me that we even get out of bed in the morning. I realized something this morning and I am hoping that I was clear when I was trying to explain it to Adrien. Every morning when we get out of bed, whether we wanted to or not, it is a fresh start. How we act and the attitude we have first thing in the morning has the potential to set the mood for the whole day.
Adrien woke up this morning complaining about how much he hates school, hates wearing a uniform, hates this, hates that…I
snapped calmly explained to him that he had about 10 seconds to change his attitude and get his bed made. In all fairness, I am not much of a morning person, but I am learning. Seth has to be up around 5:30 and out the door by 6:15. So, in an attempt to help his day start a little better, I get up and make him lunch. Then I wake Adrien up around 6:15 and help him remember all of the things he needs to get done so that we can be out the door by 7:10. I make Adrien lunch and ensure he is eating breakfast when I go wake Lily up and get her dressed to take Adrien to school.
Yesterday, I started the day telling Adrien that I was going to work on not yelling at him so much. I also told him that he needed to work on not doing things he wasn’t supposed to do and doing the things that he was supposed to do without having to be told 30 times. I told him we would work on it together. I stuck with the “trying not to yell so much” this morning when I calmly explained to him that when he starts his day off in a bad mood, that puts me in a bad mood and sets my whole day off in a bad way and I wasn’t trying to have a bad day. I reminded him that every day after school I ask him how his day was and he never has any complaints. That he almost always has something neat to tell me or something fun that he did or found out he has the opportunity to do. Basically, I reminded him that life isn’t so bad and that he just doesn’t like getting up in the morning…
Every day that you are given to wake up and start over is a blessing. It is an opportunity for you to make the best of the time you are given or to try and maybe make some one else’s day just a little better. You never know how big of an impact something as little as a smile or a “please” and “thank you” can have.
That is my wisdom for the day…So when life hands you lemons, do what you have to do, but remember to be thankful you got handed anything at all…
On a side note, I apologize for my very sporadic posts. The internet connection here is awful at best. I am keeping notes and writing down ideas to blog about as I think of them. So, I am also trying to learn how to use all of the tools on my computer to allow me to write up posts ahead of time, to that way I can do my best to have something to post everyday. Happy Monday!