Missed deadlines at work. Late picking up your youngest at daycare. Late getting to the school to pick up your oldest. Construction on every road and highway you take. Rush hour traffic that behaves more like a shopping mall parking lot at Christmas. No time to stop at the grocery store for ingredients for dinner and no suitable food in the house with which to create at least a semi-healthy dinner for your family. Screaming kids in the backseat because they are hungry-thirsty-tired-bored-cranky-hot-cold, etc.
Sometimes, it really can be too much.
You just want to scream, I’VE HAD ENOUGH. I CAN’T TAKE IT ANYMORE!
Then you look around. You take a deep breath. You’re stuck in a traffic jam due to road construction and rush hour and you’re only 200 feet from your house and there’s not a thing you can do about it except wait.
In that moment, you have two choices:
- Continue to let your blood boil at the sheer madness of it all.
- Calm down and be a good example to your kids of how to handle stress.
Number two is harder. Number one results in more upset in the moment and health issues down the road.
If you can choose number two, you might just see the sign that was waiting to be noticed.
And you might just realize that love is all around and that the traffic and the uncooked dinner and the work deadlines you missed are so very small in the grand scheme of things. You are with your children (however late you may have been picking them up). You are heading home to see your husband and to settle in for the evening with your family and some cuddle time before bed.
Tomorrow is another day. And one best started on the right note.
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