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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Linda's post about attitudes go me thinking about my reaction to the tough days.
Combined with the fact my boy is about to turn 1 and I just can't help thinking about how much my life has changed in the last twelve months.

Yesterday, in another life, I could have spent the morning reading the newspaper and sipping a latte.

Instead I spent my time regulating baby's determination to eat dog food.

But I'm so glad I didn't miss out on a joyful moments like this:


I could have been lunching with coworkers at one of Santa Barbara's posh nosh spots.

Instead I made yet another meal, hosed down the high chair, and did the  dishes once again.

But, the view was spectacular and the food was home-grown.
I could have been participating in a energetic meeting discussing magazine articles, design layouts and celebrity photo shoots.

Instead I did 5 loads of laundry.

But I had the best of companions.



I could have been creating complicated spreadsheets and earning a real take-home paycheck. 

Instead I created an eating and pooping schedule for puppy and baby.

But it wast truly so much more fun using markers instead of Excel. 

Yesterday, in another life, I could have gone to a fancy gym and taken a fancy class.

Instead I loaded the baby in the jogger and went for a painful run. 

But the sun was shining, the conversation flowing, and the baby laughing. 

I could complain when the days are hard (and I probably will).
But, I am learning, instead to be thankful. 
I am blessed each day. 

5 comments:

Deb said...

What a terrific post... and such cute photos! (esp your new pup!) Thanks for sharing your view...I think "this life" looks very rewarding and a lot of fun. ;)

Jessica G. said...

How can you resist that adorable little puppy laying in your laundry?!? I know that wasn't what your post was about, but I couldn't resist!
Also, remember the blessing of us choosing to have these children (no accidents here!), then being able to choose to raise them on our own (aka: no day care). It definitely isn't for the faint of heart, as I have learned. But every frustrating moment brings with it 10 joyful ones and those are the ones worth thinking about!

Jessica Roy said...

Thanks for this post. I love the way you view the world - you inspire me!

joyfulgirl said...

so true anna. that's actually the name of my blog, but it certainly doesn't mean that i feel blessed each day. so on the days that i don't, i try and remember how quickly life can be turned upside down (in an instant) and that i'd better appreciate all that i have while it's right here in front of me. sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

it's good to see your honesty.

Rita said...

Wow. Great post. Thanks!

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