Summer break has arrived for my kids. They counted down the days until school was done and celebrated when the final day was over. Pure joy, right? Wrong!
You see, I work full time. Luckily, I have a fantastic boss who allows me to work from home a lot. I only travel to my office twice a week. This is a lifesaver with kids and I am SO very thankful I have this luxury. As a result, I only send my kids to summer daycare three days a week. The other two days they are home with me and I do my best to tackle my work, maintain my sanity, and keep them from hurting each other.
The daycare they attend is wonderful. My daughter has been going there year-round during her preschool years and looks forward to it. My oldest son, well, not so much. He’s been complaining each time he has to go and has an all around negative attitude about it. This morning was no different.
We headed to daycare and he expressed his less than excited attitude the whole way. I decided I needed to have a conversation with him about it before he got out of the car. I reminded him that this was summer break…something he had been counting down to. “Did you have more fun while you were in school?” I asked. He replied, “Well, no. This is better.” Hmmmm…
So, I decided to share some of my mommy wisdom. I explained that if he started his day grumpy and scowled all day while wishing he was somewhere else, he’d be sure to have a bad day. I told him that HE was in charge of whether or not he had fun. It was his choice. If he wanted to have a terrible day he could continue to be grumpy. If he wanted to have a happy day he needed to put a smile on his face and make the best of it. Guess what? He grinned ear to ear, agreed with me, and hugged and kissed me goodbye. As I left, he was still smiling. Score for mom!
We all face challenges. We have plenty of things that can bring our spirits down. It’s how we respond to those things that can make or break our day. If we spend our time dwelling on negative things, are we enjoying our lives? Does it make us feel good? No. If we spend our time choosing to be happy, regardless of our circumstances, wouldn’t our time be better spent? Wouldn’t that make us feel good?
I love to smile. I love to laugh. Do I have days that feel a little gloomy? Absolutely! But, I force myself to snap out of it as quickly as possible because I know that feeling happy is SO much better than not.
YOU are in charge of your happiness.
Sometimes we face challenges that cause us to think about “what ifs” that could happen as a result. Does it make sense to feel miserable considering the “what ifs”? What if those “what ifs” never happen and you’ve spent ALL that time dwelling on them? Was that an enjoyable way to spend your time? Or, would your time be better spent focusing on some happy thoughts?
We have to treasure our time on this earth…it doesn’t last forever. I want to make the most of it. I am in charge of MY happiness. I choose to be happy. I hope you choose to be happy too.
I’d love to hear your thoughts!