First thought: Mother effin kids! Why can they not learn how to correctly open and close a freaking cabinet door?!?!
Second thought: Wow. I am So Incredibly blessed to be able to have a place to store snacks that my kids can access at any time AND to be able to fill it with snacks. They never have to wonder if there will be food for them to eat. When they open that cabinet, they know they will find something yummy for their tummy.
This is my life. Broken cabinet doors, toys all over the floor I am endlessly picking up, laundry that never seems to be completely done and lots and lots of yelling, fighting, wrestling, Nerf wars and video game playing. I really wouldn’t have it any other way.
It’s like the “Don’t cry over spilled milk” saying. I say this to my kids every time they spill something and start to freak out. I don’t get mad at all. I realize things spill. People make mistakes. I also teach them when things go wrong or not the way we plan, we sometimes have to clean up the mess. And that is life, right?? Almost nothing goes exactly as we plan and we have to roll with it. I am trying to instill in my boys that even when things go all wonky, we can see the good and go from there.
It is so easy to focus on the ‘broken cabinet door’ these days. A lot of people tend to reside there. They live in the constant “my life is broken” trap instead of deciding to be grateful for what they have.
I am very happy in my life. This is not by luck or chance, this is by my design. I work very hard to maintain a positive outlook on life and a HUGE part of that is being grateful for everything I have. The other day, I was listening to some affirmations on my television in the living room so my boys could hear it too. My boys did not understand why I was listening to an hour long video that stated things like:
“Thank you for my functioning liver.”
“Thank you for wonderful food.”
“Thank you for unlimited prosperity.”
“Thank you for financial success.”
I listen because it helps me remain grateful. It reminds me of all of the things I have to be thankful for that many people may not be as fortunate to have.
If you speak to successful people, you will find many similarities between them all, a major one being that they are Grateful. Truly grateful for everything they have. They all take a part of their day to express gratitude. If you wake up and write down at least 3 things you are grateful for before starting your day, your life will change for the better, I guarantee it.
I listen to gratitude affirmations every single day. I can sit and listen and really feel it if I have time or, as I often do, I can listen to it while working at the office or doing chores at home. I am grateful every single day. I write notes to people I am grateful for and I send them in the mail every month. I write down things I am grateful for often, especially when I am feeling a sorry for myself or like I am gearing up for a pity party.
If you’re not happy and what you are doing isn’t working for you – Why not try it my way? What have you got to lose?
I urge you, next time you come across a broken cabinet door, find the good. Find what is not broken. You can fix the door later.
MAKE GOOD CHOICES.
~Love & Light, Sarah