Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Love of a Good Man

Today I am grateful for my husband.

As husbands go he's pretty amazing and as father's go, well he's just the best. But, as people go - well, my husband surpasses all expectations.

There is a goodness inside my husband that radiates from within. Anyone who meets him will see that he has tapped into a sensitivity most men never get the opportunity to experience. He has learned the key to being a good man lays in the ability to be vulnerable

Women have long-excelled at the gift of being open or wearing their hearts on their sleeves. Men, taught from a young age to keep their feelings at bay, don't often emote. Yet, my husband has learned to express his emotions, his feelings, his inner desires, his life's regrets and make changes to become the best man he can be. The best husband he can be. The best father he can be. The best person he can be. 

I find myself in total admiration of his 180 sometimes. From a self-serving young man, full of age-appropriate selfish desires to becoming a person who tries to understand. To listen. To give fully of himself and accept my imperfections. I am grateful for the opportunity to be his wife and the challenge we have of becoming an even better couple, together.

Friday, January 24, 2014

If you are cold at night, let the promise of my love cover you like a warm blanket” - Matthew White

Today I am grateful for heat.

A simple treasure, but on days like this frigid Friday with below zero temperatures, I feel like opening my door and warming up the world. While driving home earlier today, I passed by a person on the street collecting money. There are always collectors at this particular corner. Sometimes, I open the window. Sometimes, I stare straight ahead - the guilt filling me up inside on a busy morning.

Sometimes, like today, I just wish I could go buy a warm coat or offer up a cup of hot chocolate. I actually nearly drove to Starbucks and bought some warm drink back to this man, but then got sidetracked with pickup and never made it there.

I know we're freezing out there in Chicago and all across America. But, thankfully we have warm beds, and warm families to come home to at the end of the day.

Let's not forget that gift.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Hey You, You're Okay!

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
-Dr Kent M Keith

Today I am grateful for moments of clarity. 

I had a down week last week. I just felt off and a little sad. I couldn't figure out exactly why or what was wrong but, I tried to pay attention to that feeling. I began to insert reasons for that emotion - perhaps I need to see a few more friends, perhaps I need to work more, busy myself more, spend more time with my kids or my husband. I had a litany of reasons for my feeling. 

Then, it hit me. I didn't have to have a reason for feeling sad. I could just say, Okay Sara, I'm sad this week. Feel it. Let it in and move on. 

I think so often, as a culture of 'Why' we focus our energies on figuring every darn thing out. I often forget that it's okay not to have a reason, an answer and a fix-it solution. Sometimes we just feel things, just because and for no other reason than we are human. 

Once I accepted this, guess what happened? It went away. Magically, as if answering my own need for clarity I just loved myself despite my sad feelings and then they moved on. As if my emotions needed validation, got it and went on their merry way.

Obviously, if those feelings linger on a while and affect your functioning then you should seek out reasons, assistance and possibly therapy. But, if you're just having a sad week - it's okay. Hug yourself, love yourself and accept your emotions as reminders of your ability to feel.

What are you grateful for today?

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Health Really Is The Most Important Thing

This week was a little busy, thus the lack of gratitude posts (not a lack of gratitude in and of itself!).....

Today I am grateful for good health and healing.

 My 17-year old son was just diagnosed with a knock out dose of mono. As he lay sleeping at 4 pm for the fifth day in a row, I am surrounded by the sounds of laughter, followed by fits of coughing from both my 4 and 10 year old daughters watching Monster's University in the basement.

Ping! On my way home from the pediatrician with my two asthma girls my phone receives a text. My 14 year old is letting me know that she has a terrible headache. I am sure she will be home tomorrow. With her mono ridden brother. And her asthma recovering sisters. Party.

Putting in Mommy overtime is never easy and in the past it was just downright overwhelming. But, recently as my older ones get, well, older I know that these opportunities to care for them and enjoy them (even sick) will be farther and fewer between. So, today I have decided to be grateful for good health and grateful for the opportunity the healing is offering. A break for them from t
heir stressful lives in school and a break for me from the monotony of our busy life.

To good health, easy breathing and healing naps.

What are you grateful for today?

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Clearing Out The Noise

“We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship.” - C.S. Lewis

Today I am grateful for space and solitude.

Sometimes life is hard, noisy, full of life traffic and obligations. It was so nice to let mindfulness fill the spaces of my mind and time today. All of my children were away all day and for hours, instead of minutes, I was able to consciously think, feel, accept and rest. Renewed start for a long, exhausting and stress-filled week.

What are you grateful for today?

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Moment of Silence

Today I am grateful for my moment of quiet and sleeping children. 

This was one of those crazy, drama filled days where a mother spends worrying about every child in the house. There isn't enough love in the world to describe how I feel and empathize when my children have a hard day and hurt feelings. 

At the end of this day, sitting alone in a quiet room for just the briefest of moments, I contemplate the amazing gifts that lay on these soft pillows. Strong children, learned mistakes, anticipation for tomorrow and peaceful sleeps. 

Kissed cheeks, little nuzzles and whispers of I love you as I walk the rooms in this little warm home.

What are you grateful for today?

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Sometimes You Bite The Bullet

Progress always involves risks.  You can't steal second base and keep your foot on first.  ~Frederick B. Wilcox

Today I am grateful for being brave enough to try new things. 

A few years ago, I bit the bullet and started my own business. It isn't a multi-million dollar penny maker yet but it's growing. I always wanted to be a writer and thought that you have to get some sort of plaque or award that declares you one, but turns out if you write and people read it and come back for more, then hey, you're a writer.

So, I took my skills to the pavement and grew myself some bid-ness.

 Today I had a meeting. No big deal. Except this meeting was for a larger client than I have had thus far and with five men. It's always a little nerve wracking for me to walk into a strange room filled with men and be the lil woman in the room. I guess I still have some growth to do on that part, but somewhere in my insecurities lay a little girl weirded out to be in a room of big scary men. 

I went in confident and prepared and kick some construction worker butt, if I do say so myself.

Sometimes we sit and pay too much attention to that beating heart of anxiety and let it hold us back. In the past, maybe in my 20s I would have probably had cold feed and been too afraid to go forward with my own thing. As I finish up my last year in my 30s I feel more confident and capable with each year. It's pretty amazing that bravery can come to someone who used to be afraid to go up to the counter in a restaurant alone and place my order.

I've come a long way baby.

What are you grateful for today?