Last week, I had such a fun time watching our first and second grade students perform their yearly choir concert. For me this is so magical to see all my kids up on the stage singing and having fun in front of their parents and grandparents. I want to see each child performing and making sure I do not miss anyone. I was so proud of our wonderful music instructor, wonderful teachers, wonderful students and fantastic parents. I am always amazed at how good our kids sound when they work together as a team.
It seems that every year at this time I see people struggling to hang on. Little things become distorted and become big problems. I listen to their frustration and hear about how everything is wrong in their life. I do experience days that it seems like one more thing will put me over the edge but, have learned over the years to pause, listen and practice gratitude.
Each morning before I get out of bed I think of all the things that are right in my life. If I focus on the many people, kids, family, friends, job and so much more that I am truly thankful for I find that most problems do not seem so big. I remember a commercial on TV that showed how one act of kindness and being grateful can cause many people around them to also do a good deed and pay it forward. I find that by practicing gratitude I drive slower, listen better and have a much better outlook on life. I try to practice this daily and find myself smiling more and realizing that life is pretty good for me.
I thought this picture might be a good example on how many of us feel this time of year.