Our cups runneth over

Ready. Set. Go.

  • You rush to get kid #1 and #3 out the door to camp/daycare with the hubby
  • Then you realize you forgot your phone – again
  • You take kid #2 to camp and he is in “normal” form – WHINNING about not wanting to go. . . so you have to sit and calm him down as you watch the clock
  • Then you have to get to a doctor’s appointment in an hour and your GPS says it will take 1.5 hours (Atlanta traffic. . . grrrr)
  • Oh. . . and kid #1 has a showcase at camp that you’ll miss because of your doctor’s appointment
  • And finally, you have a business lunch meeting that needs to be somewhat quick in order to pick kid #1 back up from camp; hopefully no traffic

So what happens? You return home to get your phone, reschedule your doctor’s appointment, and go to kid #1’s showcase.

You walk in and see your dear friend whose role today is “play parent” per kid #1’s request since you couldn’t be there (insert parent guilt). Then you see your kid’s face. What started off to be a challenging day fades and doesn’t matter anymore.

When I saw those eyes and smile the hustle and bustle of the morning became worth it. As parents we do this ALL THE TIME; from one thing to the next in a matter of two seconds. But the look on our kid’s face when we have made it to a showcase, a soccer game, or an awards banquet on practically empty– our cups are suddenly full again.

With summer coming to an end, we will wake earlier again, get them out the door and on to school, sports practice, tutoring, homework and all the other things that come with parenting – expectantly and unexpectedly.

However, when we see the twinkle in their eye because we are there, our cups runneth over #blessed.

Because the sun always comes out after the rain . . .

Sun Taylor

 

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Do what you can’t

“Change jobs…nah, you can’t do that right now. You have to think about your family.”

“Buy a house? Bad idea…you can’t do that with everything else you have going on.”

 “Move out of state…no good, you can’t do that. It will ruin things and with what money?”

We have heard it all too often- YOU CAN’T. Bah humbug. Or perhaps you have talked yourself out of something because you internalized the word “can’t.” Hey, tell that dude to get out of your head because you can.

Lately, my youngest son tends to tell me “I can’t mommy” to the point where it’s driving me crazy. Before even making an attempt, he has given up…um no. My normal response- after somewhat yelling – has been “But did you try?”

The face then changes and the attempt is made to give it a whirl. Giving up without trying is not allowed – even with raising our kids. From putting on pajamas and socks to reading and writing, we…try, try, try.

Think about the times you decided to give up without even trying because you thought you couldn’t or someone told you, you can’t. What was your next move? Were you OK with not doing it? Probably not.

When someone says, “you can’t” here’s an alternate perspective- and I guess an acronym- that I made up and attempting to abide by (on these big goals of mine) when others don’t believe it can happen:

C– First, Collecting thoughts to make what “can’t” . . .  actually happen puts me in a good frame of mind. Take a moment, put everything to pen and paper – or on your computer- and roll with it.

A– Finding the Answers by researching and knowing the ins-and-outs so the plan is successful. Honestly, this helps me stay on top of my game and shows others just how wrong they were in the first place #flipshair

N -Procrastination is not an option; get moving Now. If you’re going to make it happen, then make it happen. No play, play because you’re serious… right? I thought so :o) #getgoingalready

T– We tend to think it’s not our time or we’re told the time isn’t right. Timeliness is determined by you when it comes to what you want to do. . . and we should always make time for what we want to do.

People will continue to tell you all the things that you can’t do and that’s OK. But guess what? Nine times out of ten, I think they’re probably saying it out of their own fear, failure, and doubt in you. Keep pushing for what you want.

Do what you can’t.

Because the sun always comes out after the rain . . .

Sun Taylor