Jan 27, 2013

Appreciate Life

As a mother of young children its easy to get weighed down in the constant busyness, in the repetition of everyday tasks. I know for the last few years I have always felt endlessly busy. I craved some down-time, some rest time and I have quite often caught myself resenting those household chores and everyday tasks that us mothers have to do just to keep our households functioning smoothly.

Until yesterday. 

Yesterday I learned that a friend of mine has been diagnosed with cancer. Our children are the same age. 

This devastating news shook my heart and instantly gave me a different perspective. Although I am praying for and believing that she will fight and beat it, I know her and her family will have a difficult few months ahead as she undergoes treatment. Instantly I thought about everything I take for granted. My health and the ability to look after and care for my family is a gift. Just having the ability to complete those mundane household chores is a gift. A gift we too often take for granted. I thought about this as I swept the floor yesterday..

I definitely don't love sweeping the floor, but what if I couldn't?

Just the thought of that alternative makes me well up. 

Being able to care for my family is something I love and I have definitely been taking my ability to do this for granted. Today I did those little mundane tasks and chores with a lighter and much more thankful heart. I spent time with my children just soaking in the awareness of how much of a gift they are, and how these precious times are way too easily taken for granted. Yes taking care of a family is hard work and a huge responsibility, but what a precious responsibility and gift it is.

9 comments:

  1. Thinking and praying for your friend and her family. Life is precious!
    Colleen at sugar aunts

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  2. So true. Love remembering that even responsibility is a gift.

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  3. Thank you for stopping by Aanika!
    And gosh I couldn't agree more. I pray sometimes to realize the value of the present so I can love in the moment.
    We are never guaranteed tomorrow!

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  4. This is very inspiring and a great reminder! Thanks for posting! I’m a new follower of your blog from the Monday Mingle Blog Hop! Would love if you could stop by mine. Thanks :0)

    The Three Whiskateers
    http://thethreewhiskateers.blogspot.com/

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  5. Incredible reflection. I'm a new follower from Mom's Monday Mingle.

    Mommy's Firsts
    http://www.mommysfirsts.com

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  6. I am so sorry to hear that. Great reminder to be thankful for what you have.

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  7. thanks for the reminder. praying for your friend

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  8. Thanks so much for this reminder of how fleeting life is, needed the spirit check! Your blog is super sweet too momma.:)

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