When I woke up this morning, I was feeling a little bit sorry for myself. After all, it's Mother's Day, and while I am very blessed to have three beautiful children, this year, it felt a little bittersweet.
See, my oldest son (going on 17 in July) has made a poor choice in his young life; one that caused our family to have to change drastically. And thanks to choices others have made, our lives won't ever be the same.
But as a family, we are working through it and we are confident that he will be just fine when he's through with his treatment. He even wrote me a beautiful Mother's Day poem that brought tears to my eyes (I shared that today on our Facebook page, if you'd like to read it--of course I'd highly recommend it!)
And my beloved mother-in-law passed away in December. Today, I'm really feeling her.
And maybe it was her influence that caused me to wake up and change my attitude.
But though I allowed myself a moment to wallow (and another second when I saw someone post a Facebook status about unconditional love), I quickly got over it.
In fact, when I heard my husband and son making coffee as they prepared to surprise me with breakfast in bed, I almost felt guilty for feeling anything other than joy.
The fact is that I have three beautiful, healthy kids and a husband who loves me to the moon and back. And we are about to move into our dream home and begin the next amazing leg on this journey of life. How can I be anything less than grateful?
(The photo here was taken a few years ago after my daughter's first dance recital.)
My point is this: no matter where you are today and how you're feeling, try taking a moment to focus not on what's bothering you or what makes you sad about your life, but on what makes you feel happy, thrilled, grateful, loved, fulfilled.
All those things that make you smile even when no one's looking--those are the things that you need to stay focused on today. Because the truth is that you bring about what you think about--so focus on what you want and not what you don't.
Happy Mother's Day to everyone who has ever had the privilege to be called Mommy. And to everyone who is or was a Mom even when she didn't have to be.