There is a blog going around that should go viral. In it, the writer says that when she visited her child’s school she read what the children had written about what they wanted. The vast majority of kids wrote that they wanted their families to be happy and that they wanted their moms to be happy.
It made her pause and think.
Our kids are not looking for us to be super moms exhausted and irritable trying to get everything done for our families. They don’t even want us to be skinny, or athletic, or perfectly dressed (well, unless you have a teenager and then you will never be dressed good enough). They want us, you, to be happy.
What makes you happy that signals to your children that you are happy and full of joy being their mom?
Not a mom? Well, what makes you happy that signals to your significant other, boss, friends, family that you are doing what makes you happy and provides you with a sense of well-being?
And to get to the bottom line…what makes you happy to be alive? What makes you smile from the inside out? What brings a deep inner peace to your soul that you know you are full of joy at being you?
What are you missing out on in terms of joy, inner peace and sense of well-being because you are trying to do, be or create something that you assume others want from or of you?
As I move into Thanksgiving week, I am going to take some time for myself and be asking myself these questions and watching what catches my heart versus what drains my energy. I want a grateful, energized heart doing the things that are truly important to me and not just urgently tugging at my sense of what I ought to be doing. How about you?Nancy