by Laura Passard Yurko
I recently read an article about how we as a society have a tendency towards being "busy". Some people like to appear busy to seem important while others fill their time to avoid dealing with issues. As Moms we are busy managing the sometimes competing needs of our selves, our children, and our spouses. We are trying to accomplish an entire world of options in a finite amount of time. We want to take advantage of every opportunity for growth and development and fun. Our Calendars and To Do Lists are filled with spending time with friends, taking trips, participating in classes or teams, volunteering, cleaning, hosting parties, not to mention all of the details - the meals, the costumes or craft projects, the photo albums, the cards and gifts we buy, and everything we do to create meaningful experiences for our children and families, to enrich their lives. The opportunity to be able to choose such wonderful ways to spend time is truly a gift but I'm completely guilty of lamenting what I have to do and am frequently overwhelmed by everything I have to do.
Then, in our discussion this past Thursday one of our Mom's shared a story of Have To Do vs. Get To Do - how she and another mother viewed the same activity in those two different ways. "Ka Pow!" (that's the sound of my mind being blown). Just think about the difference in those two statements: "Have To Do" connotes obligation, unwillingness, drudgery or resentment. "Get To Do" connotes excitement, enthusiasm, joy, and even gratitude. Changing just one word can completely change your attitude and approach to the task at hand.
This month we're focusing on gratitude. Join us, won't you? Check out www.grateful-living.weebly.com for more information.
Reflections inspired by our weekly faith sharing and fellowship.