Gratitude is such a simple thing and such a hard thing all at the same time. As I have said here earlier, things are unusually rough and difficult in our home. No major calamities but a general attitude of friction and frustration. This week, it has been very irritating to me and I have not always dealt with it well.
Transition into summer is coming and we are all eager for it, and yet not sure what it will bring completely. Relationships that have been encouraging and uplifting are difficult or frustrating. Normal routines that usually help our family function well are difficult or simply not being used at all! Easy and enjoyable play or activities are being replaced with fussing and irritable yelling. The gentle flow of our life has turned to turbulent waters.
In all of it, I know that looking for things in which to be grateful is essential. Gratitude keeps me from loosing my mind completely. Today is hard, it will not always be hard . . . and even in the hard, I seek to be grateful.
Mommy note: Even as I tried to type this, little man, decided it would be a good time to be mommy clingy and ended up screaming and crying as I tried to pull my scattered thoughts together and herd them through my fingers and the keyboard to the screen. I am grateful for little man and all the time we spend together. It is is hard at time, but I am grateful.
As I seek to develop, practice and hone my writing and blogging skills, I have committed to participating in the Five Minute Friday writing prompts and associated link up hosted by Lisa-Jo Baker at her site. I hope to be able to make these posts every Friday, but already life has proven to me that I need to be flexible, so though the posts may not always go up on Fridays, they will go up! I hope in my unedited writing here, you will be encouraged and challenged to look to God, to love your family, and enjoy this journey of simply life!
Hundreds of writers, one word prompt, and just five minutes – watch amazing things happen. Hop on over to Lisa-Jo Baker to see what it is all about. Each Friday I’ll will join others that follow the prompt posted by Lisa, and then I’ll link up at her website with everyone else who is there to share what they have written.