essential part of growing up is learning that things aren't always
going to be good. Lives are periodically touched
by struggle, loss and change.
you find yourself thinking, "Wow, I didn't know how good I had it." In
those moments, you become aware of the everyday, ordinary blessings that make up our lives.
can't explain blessings,
I just know they're
real. They can also be easy to take for granted. Here
are 11 everyday blessings for which to be grateful:
When no one has a toothache or runny nose
you breathing with ease? That's an everyday blessing right there. We
take our good health for granted, and it's the kind of thing you
realize only when it's gone. That goes double for our children's
health. I've been to the emergency room with my child and seen other
parents there as well. Everyone there desperately wishes they weren't
there. Are your kids driving you crazy because they're operating at
maximum potential? There's a blessing hiding there.
dirty because we had food. They're piled up because we're not eating
alone; we're a family. Once clean, they're a fresh beginning. That's
why I always try to wash what's in my sink at the end of the day.
Clean sink, clear mind.
Sleeping in warm beds and feeling safe
many people don't have this. This is one of the greatest blessings of all.
Uneventful ultrasound appointments
the ultrasound tech says, "Well, everything looks normal" and
the visit feels almost boring? Huge, huge blessing.
When your spouse gets home safe from the commute
we get so wrapped up in the daily routine—drop-offs and pick-ups,
dinner, and "Can you get here early because I have that thing
tonight?" Traffic is hectic. If your spouse, partner or you get home safely at the end of the day, it's an ordinary blessing we
often miss. Welcome home.
The world is my oyster on Friday after bedtime.
6. When you
forget about the Internet
our lives before the Internet? When you're having so much fun that
you forget to Instagram it? Congratulations, for you have been
blessed. Contrary to what the gaping maw of social media dictates,
your moment did in fact happen, did matter and is now stored on the
greatest web that exists: your memories.
can be hard, because moms are in a daily marathon that ends at
bedtime. Sometimes, our kids try to prolong going to bed as much as
they can get away with. When my little girl says, "One more book, Mama," I'm likely to acquiesce. She'll
only be this little—and need me this much—for so long.
lived in, real-life homes
what you see in carefully curated homes in magazines or celebrity Instagrams. Messy
homes are real. I've stopped feeling bad about the mess if I ever
have unexpected company. Why apologize for the act of living your
life? Those needlepoint pillow aphorisms are right: bless this mess!
evening after bedtime
world is my oyster on
Friday after bedtime. The weekend stretches out before you like an
ocean. The blessing is the feeling of possibility.
Good hair days
don't know how these happen, or why they tend to happen on days when
I don't really need them. But good hair days are a blessing, no doubt.
When I wake up with frizz-free waves that say, "I'm just
effortlessly gorgeous," my day has been made brighter.