Food for Thought: Good
When I was in college I would always put "FFT"(Food for Thought) in the margins next to notes that I wanted to mentally chew on later. Fast Forward ten years and now I've decided to expand it into my fun food making. I've been "chewing" on this for a few days now:
"Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day" -unknown
Today is just one of those days... I find myself spiraling. I am exhausted. My 22 month old doesn't seem to like to sleep. I haven't been able to get back into a workout groove since she was born. I haven't lost all the "baby weight". I eat more chocolate than I should. I let my kids watch an extra show instead of play with them because I was tired.
Isn't it so easy to point out all the BAD?
It is so easy to start pointing out all the bad when you are not feeling your best. One bad thing turns to another bad thing into another. You continue spiraling downward. Negative thoughts are an intrusive mental virus, spreading onto every thought, past or present, with the desire to infect. Next thing you know you find yourself regretting that you don't have the dream job you always wanted or that you don't own a house yet. Or remembering things that happened years ago and beating yourself up yet again. Then you deem yourself not a good mom for making mistakes.
But let's just take a break for a second.
Life is hard. It's not easy for anyone. But somehow we hurt ourselves the most. No one is perfect. No one. We ALL make mistakes and so it makes it easy to find the bad in each day. But life isn't easy. So why should we let it be easy to see the bad?
Why not take a second. a minute. and see the good.
I've found that this quote means a lot to me. Life is hard, but there is a life. So let's try this again:
Today I am exhausted. I have a bed to sleep in. My 22 month old doesn't seem to like to sleep. A few hours is better than NO hours. I haven't been able to get back into a workout groove since she was born. I have a healthy body. I haven't lost all the "baby weight". That body of yours held, nourished, and kept your baby safe. I eat more chocolate than I should. Chocolate has antioxidants. Eat some more ;) I let my kids watch an extra show instead of play with them because I was tired. We have a television and safe educational programming that my kids can watch.
Even when it feels like there is nothing good in your day, there is. Even if you can't find ten good things. You can find one. One good thing.
Now you try it: Name ONE good thing about today!