Motherhood involves a lot of monotony. It’s so easy to become bogged down by the tasks of the day. Instead of striving to find joy in the ordinary, we often look ahead and try to plan some extraordinary event for the future that will be more fun than the present. And the thing is, our kids don’t care about all that thoughtful planning. They have more fun with an empty cardboard box than a new toy, and a yard full of leaves is just as full of possibility as a playground. Every day, we must remind ourselves to delight in the miracle of our ordinary lives, to pause and watch our child’s amazement at the light coming through the trees, as if she’s never seen it before. Keep up this mindful work, Mamas. I think it will make all the difference for you and your babes.
“Do not ask your children
to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
but it is the way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder
and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting
tomatoes, apples and pears.
Show them how to cry
when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure
in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself.”