There are a lot of things I can make today. There are a lot of things I can do. There are a lot of ways I can spend my time. But most important of them all is to make today meaningful.
Here are a few ways I can make today meaningful: hug, laugh, encourage, kiss, smile, give, rest, play, work, nurture, love and listen.
How do you make your days meaningful?
Have you ever seen a musician play? I mean a REAL musician…the kind that plays music with their hearts, not just their fingers. The kind that make you feel the music, not just hear it.
I have…and I absolutely LOVE it. I love seeing joy on their faces. I love seeing their bodies move with the rhythm. I love how their music changes the atmosphere.
That’s the kind of mother I want to be. The kind that reads stories with my heart, not just my lips. The kind that hugs with my soul, not just my hands. The kind that gushes with love for KidFish like no one else is looking.
Here’s an awesome example of what I mean.
How could you NOT be moved after watching this?
Can I be honest? Sometimes I get discouraged for not having this whole parenting thing figured out. I’ve been a mom for more than two years, which equates to more than 18,000 hours! In any other area 10,000 hours qualifies me as an expert, but when it comes to parenting, I’m just a beginner.
I may still have a long way to go, but I’m so glad that I’m not where I used to be.
When I was in college, my brother told me that he would never let me babysit his future kids. EVER! (emphasis his) Something about being irresponsible…or something…I guess I wasn’t really paying attention and was too irresponsible to listen to what he was saying.
That was almost 15 years ago and since then, I’ve babysat all my nieces and nephews…all 5 of them! I’ve even volunteered with middle schoolers, high schoolers and now preschoolers…and I love it!
When I start to get discouraged about still having a long way to go on my journey as a parent, it helps to remember how far I’ve come, not just how far I have to go.
It’s amazing how sometimes a song can so perfectly capture the cry of my heart…
(Invade by Watermark)