Deep Breath In and... Exhale

Life is busy. Motherhood is ridiculously busy. Being a wife, daughter, friend, volunteer.. all the roles we fill every day keep us busy.  They are all such wonderful uses of our time and energy.  But once and a while we can get so focused on everything we have done and have to do that we miss the fruits of our labor and the life that is happening right now, right here.  When we get too drained, too spent, too over-volunteered, our attitudes can just stink.  We can go from being a woman with a true servant's heart to one who is begrudingly checking off things on our to do list.  Am I the only one who struggles with this from time to time?  The most unfortunate thing about this shift in attitude is that it is passed on to those around us.  We've all heard the saying "When mama ain't happy, nobody's happy." Well, there's some truth in it.  When our attitudes stink, it affects our children, husband, friends, all those in our paths.  It's so important to once in a while, just take a deep breath in and exhale.  Then just stop and look around.  Look at the smile on your child's face because you took 10 minutes you didn't have to play a game with them or find their long lost treasure (that they won't care about at all in another 10 minutes).  Look at the look of relief and contentment on your husband's face when he gets home from a busy, stressful day at work and walks into a warm, welcoming and calm home.  Pause a moment to actually hear the joy in your friend's voice when they call to tell you something funny or to vent about something and you have time to actually listen. 

Our attitudes matter - in everything we do.  The only way we can fulfill the roles we were meant to fill with the right loving attitude is to just stop once in a while and enjoy life.  I keep having to be reminded of this little life lesson.  In our house, we are busy busy busy people, but when I can pause in the midst of craziness and look for those little smiles, really feel the embrace of a welcome home from work hug, and be grateful that I have to many things "to do," I can truly enjoy life.  When I get it right and I exhale once in a while, it makes all the racing around worth every single bit of effort.  So to all you moms, wives, friends reading this…  before you click on to the next screen, just close your eyes, take a deep breath in, and… exhale and enjoy all the work that you have already completed.  The rest can wait for a few more minutes.

By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.
— Genesis 2:2-3