Photo: Jaycee, 5, and Austin, 9
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I had a when it rains, it pours sort of week.
With my husband out of town for work, I kept two of my three kids home from school on Tuesday because one had tonsillitis and the other, well, she just didn’t want to go to preschool.
I can’t say I blamed her decision. There are days when it’s hard for me to roll out of bed and conquer the world. Heck, some days it seems impossible to just check a couple items off my mental to-do list.
It’s easy to get caught up in the fleeting I’m-a-total-failure moments, isn’t it? When everyone else seems to be cruising ahead on auto-pilot and you’re having a hard time simply starting the engine?
I noticed my kids working on a “Halloween Countdown” paper ring chain with meticulous care that day. It dawned on me that this is something we can all do as a way to remember the little, subtle moments in life that are worth our attention. It doesn’t have to be physical project — because who honestly needs more of those? It can be a mental exercise.
Ask yourself, “What is something for which I am grateful?”
An upcoming vacation? Watching the leaves turn colors? A chance to tell someone I love them? An opportunity to get lost in a good book? A walk with my dog?
For whatever reason you choose, this is your paper ring life, and it’s your job to make the most of every moment. Each new day is a precious ring that you can choose to tear off with either appreciation or regret.
Here’s a little something I wrote and would love to share with you:
Your paper ring life
As a child you grew in anticipation of every new day
The morning sun, the evening moon, the time you slipped away
Dreams were interchangeable with your waking hours
For you were a super hero with unbridled childlike powers
Your achievements were lauded, your shortcomings forgiven
You knew in your heart that your goals were self-driven
The world was your oyster and time remained steadfast on your side
But – in the blink of an eye – you became a passenger on your own ride
You gave yourself over and followed commands as you should
Your destiny divided between achieving success and doing good
Your purpose in life became foggy, almost unrecognizable
Your childlike powers faded, becoming far less palpable
Yet one thing deep down inside stayed strong – your will
Your secret identity, your life path, all you have yet to fulfill
It is true that to give of oneself is always better than to receive
Remember it’s also important to give yourself time to believe
Through the times you are leaping and the times you are falling
Your life has a purpose – always remain true to your calling
Heidi Woodard is a working-mom with three children.
Read her Thursdays on momaha.com
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