I have a friend who blogs and she talks about "Involuntary Smiles". She defines them loosely as spontaneous smiles that just HAPPEN when something unexpected makes us smile. If we really look at our days I think she is right. You have tons of oppourtunites for these moments!!!
I've been a little whiney these last few weeks between all that has been going on in my home: illness, injury, obligation, sleep deprivation, etc. I've kind of felt life has been kicking my a**! Today I realized mid-day that it was time I stop the complaining and started thinking positive. That is when this concept of "Involuntary Smiles" came to mind. I started thinking all the times in my day that I am happy and it made me realize how blessed I am. It really is the little things...
Just today there were so many hard things but so many smiles!!!
~Harm jumping into my arms splashing me in pool class
~Cally w/a face full of green beans
~Rachy standing in her crib waiting for me to find her this morning
~Opening my Coke at lunch time or having a small scoop of ice cream for desert
~Chris texting me that he misses me
~Seeing a big smile on my kid's faces as they play w/their toys
~Taking a nice warm shower
~Heck NOT ONE of the kids or I have gotten Chris' plague... That is a big smile ;)
I could go on and on. They happen all day, every day. Life is never all bad! I think the key for me is just stopping to appreciate and remember these moments rather than rushing by. I get so busy and stressed. My kids are growing fast. I need to appreciate these special times with them and I need to appreciate the good things I have in life w/0 them. I just need to let myself appreciate life more!