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"Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something
you design for the present." ~John Rohn
Before the new year arrived, I began thinking of family intentions that I wished to focus on when January rolled around. One of those wishes was to bring laughter, joy, and a basic feeling of happiness into our home on a daily basis. As a mother, I get so much pleasure from making my son's face light up with delight. One of the sweetest sounds to hear around the house is the giggling of a 2 year old, which is usually followed by the laughter of two adults that think he is the cutest toddler that ever walked the Earth.
To bring such liveliness and contentment to a family, you simply need to let it in. As I was reading my latest book selection for this year, Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy (thanks to a recommendation from Shawn at Awesomely Awake) I came across a passage that truly resonated with me as a stay-at-home mom. The author talks about the fact that we have everything that we need in life to make us happy, we just have to take the time to bring those unique, special moments that we experience into awareness. Often times, the days go by so quickly that we forget to savor the little moments that truly bring us joy.
Instead of looking outside of our present lives to find happiness, or looking to a future that may be out of our reach, we need to embrace the minutes of the day that make our soul smile. Imagine the amount of joy that would blossom around us if we did this each and every day? I feel that if you wish for your child to grow up and radiate a certain quality ~ patience, thoughtfulness, strength, peace ~ you need to model it as best you can.
Lately, I've been thinking about the blessings that I have the privilege to experience during my time at home with Grady. Even though there are days that can be challenging, lonely, and a bit repetitive, there are so many aspects of this "job" that make me happy. From the little advantages, such as being able to stay in our pajamas as long as we want, to the wonderfully breathtaking moments that take me by surprise. It has been so enlightening to sit back and think of all of the exquisite parts of my day that bring me joy. Here are just a few of those moments and opportunities that fill me with a sense of abundance...
Watching the sun come up as we both awake and begin our day.
Enjoying breakfast together during the peaceful moments of the morning.
Interpreting my son's "language" as I listen to him challenge his own limits of the spoken word.
Seeing his eyes light up as he discovers his toys over and over again each morning.
Listening to music whenever the mood strikes us and allowing it to reset our day.
Snuggling up with a few good books on the couch or within a cozy nook around the house.
Experiencing his passions; watching them grow and evolve.
Sharing my passions with him.
Teaching him a new skill.
Having an "assistant" that loves to help me whenever he can.
Overseeing his interactions with the world while using his five senses to guide him.
Encountering nature through our patio windows as the day unfolds.
Fostering his imagination and allowing him the freedom to test his limitations.
Embracing the autonomy in our schedule, meals, and creative outlets ~ just letting the day lead us where we want to go.
Having the opportunity to take my role seriously as as mother by modeling the traits and values that we hold dear as a family.
By bringing these sweet gifts into awareness, I now feel like I take the time to cherish them as often as possible. By letting those moments consume me and bring a smile to my face, it makes it that much easier to be present with my son as we experience them in our daily life. Hopefully, this is the first step to bringing more happiness into our home ~ treasuring what it already there.
If you would like to join me in a year-long journey to find and embrace the abundance that is always present around us, please drop by Awesomely Awake to learn more about The Abundant Mama Project that is bringing joy to Mamas all around the world!
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