This week has been a good one so far. I've started volunteering at Flannery's school on Monday mornings, and it's amazing how much happiness that one change has brought me. It's such a blessing to see her in action in her classroom, and to get to meet all of her sweet little classmates, and to see how affectionate they are with one another. When Flannery walks into her classroom in the mornings, there are two little girls who run to her and give her hugs, calling out, "Flannery!!" It's just adorable.
And now, when I drop her off or come by for lunch at her school, the kids all say, "Hi Flannery's mom!" It's nice to get to know them, and to get a glimpse into the individual life and community she's creating at school.
I've also tried to focus on being more patient with my family and making time to chat together about more than just the necessities. It's so easy to get busy and just kind of bark information to one another in the rush of the day. Does your life get that crazy, too? Sometimes I think that we are so polite to our coworkers and friends, but then we forget our manners when it comes to our family--the very people we care most about! I would never speak to a client the way I rush my daughter around in the mornings. "Get in the car! Close the door!" And I should give her the most consideration, as she's my darling girl! I'm trying to work on that.
Yesterday, we had a special "ice cream date" after I picked her up from school, and I made a point to just soak in the moment and really listen to her as she picked out only the chocolate chip cookie dough from her mini blizzard. :) I also have been trying to ask more about the specifics of my hubby's day, because I just feel more connected and calm, and it's easier to be patient and easy-going, when I know what was hard and what was easy for him that day at work. Sometimes I feel like the "fog" of hectic life descends on us as a family, and I have to really step back and take strong action to get us back to living our priorities.
I have a long way to go, I know, but a few little steps toward living my priorities make for a pretty big happiness boost for me. Which keeps me going toward the next set of baby steps.
Do you feel sometimes that the fog of a hectic life surrounds you? What baby steps can you take this week toward living your priorities?