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As a mom...

As a mother, I know how hard it is to remember to relax and enjoy life. I’m going to share a story with all of you. During one of my morning pages;  I was thinking about all the stress I have and how I also get caught up in the stress other people share.

I started to think about how I have to run around all day up and down going and coming..  I also have a business to run, dinner to cook, clothes to wash, and a house to clean.  It was overwhelming to think about.  During this moment, my parents popped into my mind.  I was thinking about when I was kid and how much easier it was to rely on my parents for everything.  I realized that I was providing for my kids the same how my parents provided for me when I was growing up.  They had a landscaping business where they had to travel for work and well, they were just as busy as I am now.

I had a particular memory pop up.  One day at school, I got sick and my mom didn’t have a way to pick me up.  I ended up staying in the nurse's office until my sister got out of her school to walk me home.  I was so mad and upset at my mom.  I thought, “How can my mom just leave me there? I was sick!  How dare she.”

When I thought about that I started to cry because I realized I've been holding a grudge with her since that day. I realized how much my parents did for me  and how much they worked to put food on the table at the end of the day.  I hadn’t considered that my mother felt horrible since she couldn’t come pick up her sick daughter from school.  I didn’t consider that she was working to earn a living for her family.  As a mother or parent, it’s all about making sure that everyone is safe with full tummies, warm clothes, and a roof over their heads.

I am so thankful to have the mom I have.  How many of those incidents exist where I assumed something or perceived something that wasn't there?  Reshaping  my memories so that I can replace my anger with appreciation for everything my mother has done for me is the best way to grow. 

It’s not what you see it’s how you see it…. 

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