A few months ago, I was at a meeting of young moms, and the topic was breast cancer. The speaker, a more seasoned mom and breast cancer survivor, stood up and told the story of her diagnosis, battle and ultimate survival. She shared that during this time, she kept coming across Psalm 118:24 – “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it,” and it became her mantra. She tried to remember as she faced the many challenges ahead of her that each relationship in her life, each day, each moment was a gift. One more day. One more chance to share special moments with her family. Her friends. The world around her.
I was inspired. That day, I came home and wrote this new mantra of mine on a piece of paper and hung it on the refrigerator. I wanted to see it every morning and make this my battle cry to embrace positivity.
I am ashamed to say this is a struggle for me – this idea of embracing the positive. Probably not anymore than it is for the average person, but it is a real issue I have with myself.
The truth is sometimes I wake up tired from feeding a baby in the middle of the night, or frustrated because the dog had an accident, or annoyed with something I have to do that day, and I find myself starting off the day in a negative way right from the start.
But this woman reminded me to start my day with gratitude. I am not facing breast cancer. Thank goodness. I have my health. I have a wonderful husband. A supportive family close by. And three beautiful healthy young children who I get to spend every day with. The list could go on forever. So why would I not feel thankful every day?!?
Now, as I pour my first cup of coffee in the morning, I see this on the refrigerator door, and it helps me start my day on a positive, grateful note..And I’ve found that if you start your day with a grateful heart, it changes your whole mindset.
When my day starts at 4 am with a kiddo that has decided they are done sleeping for the night …this is a day the Lord has made for me to spend with these sweet children I have been blessed with.
When my day is filled with errands and mundane tasks, let me rejoice in the family and friends I have to check in with each day and checking in with me.
When I am tired after a long day and there is still dinner to make and kids to put to bed, let me be glad for my husband who I sit down with each night to discuss our days and share a glass of wine.
My morning battle cry, has given me a new perspective that this day is one to celebrate. Each day is a totally free, undeserved gift. One more moment to celebrate with family and friends. To appreciate the moments with your spouse and kids. To realize the love that surrounds us – and to rejoice and be glad in it.