Guest post from Rachael of Thriving on Thrifty
Sometimes my child can teach me important lessons just as much as I can teach him.
The other day, my son and I were eating lunch together. He had blueberry pancakes (one of his favorites) and I was having a tomato and avocado sandwich (one of his least favorites). Even though he had something that he loved more than the food on my plate, he was still so focused on my food that he couldn’t eat his. He threw a royal tantrum knowing that he couldn’t have my food, even though I knew he wouldn’t like it and very likely wouldn’t eat it.
As I sat there perplexed as to why he would act this way, I realized that many times, we as adults act the same way. We are so focused on what others have that we fail to miss the blessings in our own lives. We continue to want what others have even though we may have something even greater sitting right in front of us.
I wrote the following three concepts as an encouragement to myself and to others:
1. Learn to enjoy each step along the way.
This doesn’t mean that we can’t strive for more or find ways to improve our situation, but I feel we should enjoy each step along the way. I say this as an encouragement to myself as well, we shouldn’t miss the blessings sitting in front of us because we are so focused on the future or someone else’s situation or belongings.
Looking for ways to improve yourself and situation can certainly be a positive thing, just don’t miss the blessings at each step of the journey.
2. Learn to find blessings in the small things of life.
I’m making it a goal to try to focus on the blessings presented to me each day — even in the little things.
Even though I may not be able to eat at a five-star restaurant each day, I can be thankful for the time spent with my husband and son eating a homemade sandwich (or pancakes). Instead of complaining about cleaning my house, I can be thankful for having a home.
Try to find at least one thing to be thankful for in each situation during your day.
3. Realize the grass may not be greener on the other side.
Sometimes we think others may have the perfect life or situation, but we may not always realize what may be going on in other hidden areas of their lives.
Realize that just because you may not have it all in one area, doesn’t mean you don’t have just as great or greater blessings in other areas.
Focus on these areas of your life rather than contemplating the things that others have greater than you.
Rachael Lachniet is a stay at home mom who enjoys learning ways to save money for her family and tries to share these ideas with others on her blog, Thriving on Thrifty.