Of course, everyone's life is a little crazy it seems. It seems that around here everyone is a little more stressed, a little more exhausted, and a little more frustrated. There are times I wish to shut my family in the house and hope for the world, and the people in it, to return to normal by morning. Unfortunately, life doesn't work that way and we have to learn to cope.
So, how do you handle the chaos of life? What helps you deal with the people around you that are just driving you batty? For me, it's my family. Interesting that one of my biggest stress makers can also be salvation. I've been trying really hard to be very conscious of how I react to situations in front of my children. I'm very intentional about practicing not raising my voice or over reacting in front of my children. To pat myself on my back I am making great strides in this area. I'm not completely there yet, but every day I can go without losing it is a victory.
I'm also trying to make every day, especially for Noah, who doesn't get to go out much, something special. It doesn't always happen, some days I feel we are just trying to survive, but that's my intention anyway. I want to make the most out of these precious days I have with my kids, because, I know, the time will go by too quickly.
It's in this spirit that we have already begun to celebrate the Christmas season. Yes, we have already put out some lights on the house, our tree is up and lit (though still awaiting ornaments) and, yes, I have already begun listening to Christmas songs in the car. We know, with our past experience, that this season passes too fast, and often will come and go without us truly enjoying it. Every year I have a list of projects and activities to do as a family, and every year the season comes and goes with several of them left undone. So, we start a little earlier and enjoy it a little longer.
Crazy thing is, people have actually given us criticism for it. Or, if not us specifically, anyone who gets in the "spirit" a little earlier than is deemed appropriate. Why does it bother people? Lately, and I attribute this to those things I said above, people seem to be more negative about things. I've seen those memes that make fun of those doing the "30 days of Thanksgiving" by accusing them of only being thankful in November. Why would anyone let the fact that someone chooses to be intentionally thankful bother them?? Shouldn't we be glad that some are choosing to see good things, even if it may only be for 30 days? Isn't one month better than never?
So why get upset about Christmas being seen earlier than Thanksgiving? Who cares if stores may be doing it to increase profits? Shouldn't we instead be thankful that, despite intention of others, that some people are going to be a little happier, a little more in the Christmas spirit, a little longer than the month of December? Why do we let what we perceive to be the intention of others bother us, and instead focus on our reactions?
I guess that's my rant for the day. Lets worry more about how we act, and less about the motive of others. Only one of those things do we have any control over.
Now, for a random bit of cuteness, here is little Ryann. She is six months old already. Today was her first time riding in the cart like a big girl. She is growing way too fast!!
And yes, we are in the Christmas aisle....