In continuing the theme of November being National Gratitude Month, I am going to focus all the WisdomWednesday tips this month on different ways to bring gratitude not only into your life, but into your daily practice.
Tip: Be Grateful for the Chaos
Years ago while teaching a Mindful Parenting class, one mom said to me, "I have a great mindfulness practice - I can be calm, present, have good focus and attention, be compassionate - right up until the moment the kids get in the car after school. As soon as I hear my kids bickering, the nonstop questions, then the chaos of dinner, bath and bedtime, my mindfulness practice goes right out the window."
Does this sound familiar to any of you?
You are not alone!
Here was my compassionate response to her: "I am going to assume that you became a parent by choice, knowing very well that it was going to be loud, messy, chaotic, frustrating, hard... And one day, your house is going to be very quiet. Your kids are only temporary in your home, so for right now, embrace the noise. Be grateful for the chaos, because one day it wont be there and you'll wonder where the time went and how it passed so quickly."
Not only that mother, but the other parents in the room, had tears in their eyes.
Yes, one day, all the chaos that is driving you nuts right now will be gone. It's all temporary, so take a deep breath, know that this too will pass, and try and stay present.
Remember, each moment of struggle offers you an opportunity to look for the gratitude.
Easier said than done, and that is why it's called a practice.
I'm grateful for you!!