Do You See What I See?
Stop what you’re doing right now and just look. Look around you. Look left. Look right. Look behind you. What do you see?
At first glance, I see a mess.
I see toys scattered across the floor.
I see an overflowing inbox that has been converted to a baby-proofing device which houses the miscellaneous bits and pieces my boys should not be playing with.
I see pillows on the floor near a half empty sippy cup.
I see a small pile of papers on the desk that still need to be put away.
When I look more closely this is what I see:
I see the toys my youngest was using as destinations while he perfects his crawling, something he only just started doing last week.
I see the sippy cup that my nephew “stole” from his sister and sat ever so quietly while trying to finish it before being caught (there’s nothing better than stolen milk when you’re one year old ).
I see the ottomans pushed to the middle of the room that my eldest son and niece used as comfortable props while they watched a movie.
That overflowing inbox? That is full of attention, love, diligence and care.
The pile of papers is time I’ve chosen to spend with my kids, niece and nephew, to have fun and strengthen a life long bond.
Too often we get caught up in the stuff and in our views of what “should” be. Truth be told there is no “should” there is just “is”. Taking a different perspective on the state of your home, yard, office or anywhere you spend a lot of time can be very refreshing and highlight all that you have to be grateful for. So my mess isn’t really a mess after all. My mess is living proof that we live here, that we had a GREAT time yesterday and that there is certainly enough love to go around.
What do you *see* when you look around?
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Picture courtesy of: dolorix