Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Day 16 - Seasons of Life - 31 Days of Keeping Your Head Above Water

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Every season of life has it's own difficulties.  When we feel like we're drowning we need to look at the season we are in and decide if our expectations are realistic.   If I am an empty nester who works and is gone from my house all day, I can probably clean my house once a week and it will stay pretty clean until the next week.   If I am a stay at home mom with a passel of small children, realistically my house will never be totally clean.  

Everything in life is a trade off.  The empty nester may be lonely and recall wistfully the days of little fingers leaving prints all over the glass.  Those of us with little fingers constantly leaving those prints find it hard to believe we will ever miss it!   Part of keeping your head above water is remembering which season of life you are in.  Try to enjoy the things that are unique to your stage of life.   Those little fingerprints won't be around forever, so don't fret over them.

Embrace the season you are in.  I know the last 12 years have gone past in a blink of an eye.  I look at my youngest, who looks a lot like my oldest, and recall how it seems like yesterday that Caleb was Alex's size.   Now he's taller than I am.  Don't regret these years when your kids are small, because they are small for such a short amount of time.

When you feel like drowning, keep in mind the season of life that you are in.  Give yourself some leeway!   

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