Growing up, whenever I asked my mom for something, she would tell me "Want in one hand and Shit in the other, see which one fills up first". As a kid, I didn't understand what it meant. But now I know. You can want things, but unless you do something to get it, you have nothing. I find myself telling my kids the same thing as a mom myself. We live in a world where it is encouraged to want the latest things and keep up with everyone else. And it is great to want things, so that it motivates you to strive and work for things, but we must teach our children to appreciate the simple, little things in life. Such as a roof over your head, food to eat and family to go to.
This past year, 2020, was rough. Schools and businesses shut down. We had to quarantine and wear face masks. There was a shortage of toilet paper and paper towels. I have lots of reasons why I could sulk and be sad. I am a mom to three children with special needs and my husband is unemployed. The world is in chaos and partially shut down. But, if I just changed my way of thinking and how I look at stuff, It wasn't all bad. My kids struggle because of their disabilities, but they are amazing and their accomplishments are like winning the lottery over and over again! I am employed and I have a great boss who is understanding. We have a beautiful home and moved to an amazing community in Westchester County!
Having things shutdown made us slow down and focus on each other more. We were able to spend quality time with one another. We painted pottery and played games. We spent time in the home that we bought, and was able to catch up on chores and repairs that we never had time to do. It taught me so much! It taught me to be grateful for what I have, because they are blessings! I have three Once I decided to stop worrying and feeling sorry for what I didn't have, and focus more on what I do have. I am great!