It’s a teacher institute Friday, and my home is a peaceful place. There is a gentle rain falling, the new puppy is sleeping cuddled up to my right foot, my daughter sits next to me on the couch doing homework, and my son is cuddled up on my lap.
All I can think about is my to-do list for the day of:
- Paying property taxes at the bank today – since they are due
- Exercising (It has been a long time)
- Buying soap and bulk spices at the health food store
- Reading this beautifully written book I checked out from the library
- Working on my latest knitting project
I notice and catch it. I stop.
I say to myself, enjoy this now – it’s wonderful.
Then about 15 seconds later my mind returns to the list.
I notice and stop, and then the real challenge begins.
How to keep from going down that tempting self-criticism road of: You should be better at this by now peaceful momma!
Notice that it’s a choice to say that or not to myself. A choice to be self-critical or gentle. It’s up to me – today I choose gentleness.
I hope you will too!
Here’s a pic of the new puppy to bring you joy!