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Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

It’s the end of a long day…. There are dishes in the sink, toys all over the floor, and you may or may not have had the opportunity to shower today. Sound familiar? We’ve all heard the expression, “Don’t sweat the small stuff” right?

I remember my mom saying that to me often. I would call her stressed to the max, complaining about my dirty house, a bed wetting toddler, our finances…. And the list goes on. I remember on one occasion she listened patiently to me on the other end of the phone while I ranted about my plight as a stay-at-home mom. When I finally stopped talking long enough for her to get a word in she said… “You know what Michelle? This week I went to a bible study at a home in Mexico (my aunt and her husband were pastors there at the time) she went on to say…. The woman who opened her home to us had dirt floors, no A/C, and she has to boil water to drink, do dishes, & bathe her children.”  I was at a loss for words, which for those that know me… well they would call that a Christmas miracle. Suddenly the dishes in the sink didn’t seem so daunting because I had hot water and even a dishwasher! The toddler who wet the bed…. Big deal!! I could throw the sheets in the washer and dryer in my cozy, warm, sometimes messy, home, while I brewed some coffee to get through the remainder of my day!! Sometimes it’s so easy to lose our perspective. Trust me, I’m not minimizing the responsibility and stress that can accompany parenting!! Some days are less desirable than others!!  With that being said, I do believe that it’s all about perspective. One day you’ll look around and your house will be nice and tidy, you wont step on legos in the middle of the night while fumbling to your crying child’s bedroom. Believe or not, you will miss the legos, the crying toddler, the mounds of laundry. Well maybe not the laundry, but I think you get the picture. I’ve heard it said before “the days go slow while the years go fast” So tired mama, take a deep breath. Let go of the “mom guilt” because your home doesn’t look like the cover of HGTV magazine. Your role as a mother is invaluable. Who knows… while you are playing a game with your littles, reading a book, making dinner, you may be investing in the next Albert Einstein or Isaac Newton. ❤ frOlic- Michelle McNew

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures or successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company…a church…a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past…we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude… I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you…we are in charge of our attitudes.” Charles R. Swindoll

 

 

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Michelle McNew: Stay-at-Home Mom of 7 kids

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