Today was amazing. I am celebrating my role as a stay at home mom and enjoying all of it’s “free” benefits.
I got to enjoy my girlfriends and being outside getting exercise together while we chatted and hiked through the hills.
I got to volunteer and work with strong, confident women who I love and admire, over a nice, relaxing lunch.
I got to go shopping during the day with less crowds and no kids in tow.
I got to pick up my kids after school and bring them home for snacks and down time, playing and baking.
I got to practice throwing and catching a baseball, and taught my little one how to Rollerblade after school.
I got to volunteer at my son’s elementary school and enjoyed watching the kids’ eyes light up as they learned about science and electricity.
I got to go to the post office to pick up a surprise package of goodies from my Dutch friends in Holland.
I got to have a Girls’ Night Out and enjoy dinner with my girlfriends.
All in a days’ work. I love to be busy, to exercise, to volunteer, and to spend quality time with my family and friends. And today I got to do it all. It doesn’t get much better than this. This is my best life right now.
I think the secret to happiness is to embrace whatever you choose to do in life and to find joy in the day to day. Things aren’t always sexy and invigorating. Sometimes this is incredibly challenging and other days it just comes easily. Sometimes we are really good at appreciating the present moment and where we are and what we’re doing, and sometimes change doesn’t come fast enough.
This leads to the other secret I learned today from two wise women. We were chatting about this and that and the topic came up that sometimes we don’t have everything all figured out and that there are dependencies outside our control, and sometimes we have to learn to have patience and just WAIT. The answers and plans usually have a brilliant way of unfolding and presenting themselves in time, if only we can just wait. Waiting is an OK option, even in this fast paced society and community we live in and sometimes we forget that not everything has to be right now.
Waiting is powerful and we need to get better at it and accepting it. Waiting to feel better. Waiting for results. Waiting for our kids. Waiting in traffic. Waiting for our partners to come home. We wait for dinner to be ready. We wait for a dream to become a reality. We do a lot of waiting and we should probably practice being ok with waiting for whatever is to come next and be present as we patiently wait. It’s just part of the journey. Where’s the PAUSE button?
See? Don’t you feel better already. If not, just WAIT. You will. 😉