Tuesday, October 15, 2013


When it comes to happiness, genetics plays 50%.  10% is circumstance.  That means 40% is attributed to our reactions to those circumstances.

Most times, we have no control over circumstances. What we can control, however, is our reaction. Handling everything with grace and positivity is conscious choice…virtually impossible some days no doubt. A venti skinny vanilla latte usually helps me get back on track. More seriously, looking upon circumstances with gratitude is ultimately what can change my mood from bad to good.

It sounds cliché, but it’s the truth – hardships make us better people. And God is a much better planner with my life than I am.

If you are my real-life friend, you know I’m struggling with this pregnancy…physically. My back periodically goes out on me. My breathing is often challenged. Tired. Every day. All the time. And with that, I’ve not been a significant contributor at home.

While friends, family and colleagues roll their eyes and exasperatedly remind me to take it easy on myself because I’m pregnant, the weight of my worthlessness gets heavier and heavier every time I look around my house. It’s tough for us mamas to know when we are limited because our job is just so endless. Sometimes being a mother feels so much bigger than us, it’s a wonder we can ever breathe at all.

As horribly as I feel sometimes about the lack of my abilities lately, what it’s done is help me see the abundance bestowed upon me by my husband. He does it He’s doing it all. I am honored and GRATEFUL for my husband and children and all that they’re doing to pick up the slack. My physical imprisonment has made me still…and in that stillness, I have recognized all that everyone’s doing around me. I recognize the time consumption. I recognize the hard work. I recognize the tiredness. And they’re all enduring it for me. To help me.

Perhaps these moments of clarity—these times of loss and struggle and awakening—are just more gift, in disguise. Perhaps our whole world, or at least the character and quality of our days, hinge on one little word…gratitude.  

I’ve learned this in recent years: Gratitude is the secret key that unlocks the door to joy.

I would dare say that if you think of the person in your life who seems the happiest and most content, they have learned to live from a place of gratitude.

1 comment:

  1. A beautiful post. You've given me a lot to think about this evening. Thank you for sharing :)



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