life is sweet.

Life is sweet….except sometimes it doesn’t feel that way.

Nothing ‘bad’ going on here, but just the everyday demands of home, family & work can easily leave me feeling overwhelmed. For our homestudy, we had to take a ‘test’ that looked at every area of our lives. One of the questions to help determine personal stress was “I don’t feel like there are enough hours in a day to get everything done that needs to be done.” We had to agree or disagree with that statement. I can’t imagine many parents that would not agree with that (except my husband who did not agree with it. What? Do we live in the same house?). I whole heartily agreed. Everyday demands can suck the joy out of everyday life…at least they can when I let them. Afterall, it really does boil down to how I view those demands.

I’m speaking to a MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group today. Speaking in front of people overwhelms me. It is a weird thing for me….“Hi my name is Ashley. I write a blog….which sounds a lot like blob. I will probably blab. Just nod your head and we’ll get through this.”

Life just feels a little too crazy and busy right now. Too many balls being juggled and the clock feeling like it is speeding up each day. I can’t work faster than I already do. I can’t catch up with the hands of the clock.

I can slow down. I can stop. I can take a break. In the midst of feeling completely overwhelmed with all that demands my time and attention, I stopped. I watched my daughter. She teaches me how to fully be in a moment without a single care towards anything else in the world. She teaches me that sometimes the greatest joys come in the smallest things. She reminds me that life is sweet…it is especially sweet when I am fully present, fully aware, fully engaged, and fully enjoying it. In this moment, with her, life is sweet. I don’t want to miss it. I may not get it again.

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