This picture was taken months ago during an extra difficult day...you know, the type of day that is depicted in that famous children's book "Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad day". I had a banking issue that required urgent attention but halfway to the bank I realized my electric bike was almost out of charge (oh, and did I mention it was raining?). And then, during our lunch that day, my son's smoothie glass randomly cracked - pouring smoothie all over him and me
It is on those type of days, especially when the little stresses start to add up, that we feel like this photo - exhausted and wanting to cry and give up (despite the yummy pizza and replacement smoothie in front of him)
However, around the same time all of this was happening, it was a message from a friend that changed my attitude to one of being broken down to one of being grateful, yes, grateful! She made a comment about being grateful that the security guard had let me charge my bike in a random parking garage. Which led me to start making a list of all of the things I was grateful for that morning, amidst all of the little things going wrong. As my list grew, my outlook became more positive, which allowed me to have an honest chat with my son about tough days and modeling for him how to be grateful even when it is difficult. Did you know we managed to think of over 10 things to be grateful for that morning?
I don't post this to toot my own horn, but rather to encourage us all to make an extra effort to make a gratitude list when we have a bad day. It's amazing what a little perspective and attitude change will do to your day
What are you grateful for today?