Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Contentment


While the thoughts have been really on my mind lately, I am sad to say I struggle from time to time with being content. Being content in my eyes is being OK with your means in life. Your house, car, clothing, education, partner, children, and family, etc.

I sometimes feel like my mind wanders in a new direction wanting more, or wondering what would change if I had this or did something different. But then as I read blogs, stories of tragedy, and of loss I get back to my grounded self, and realize my life is wealthy with everything that I have. I have it all really, a roof over my head, food to eat, income coming in, and so many other things that we sometimes forget about. For example a dishwasher, electricity, a bathroom, running clean water.

Learning after others is the only key for me to realize that I can strive better but in a different way. Learning to be content and accessing wants over needs. A list of things off the top of my head that I will write down or I will forget with this mama brain of mine.

- Try to only make one trip a week for groceries, and other needed items. (Gas prices are going up)

- Reuse items that I have instead of buying all the time.

- Making each day of the week a special and fun day with our children. Every week switching the exciting fun for everyone to look forward to together as a family. Staying home can have perks that you don't need a car to get to.

Picnic day (inside or outside) Make your own Sundae day, Craft Day, Book Day (read to your children, and let them read to you under a kids tent made by them) Pick a toy or game day- ( Each kid pick a a toy, or game that the parents plays with each child for a certain amount of time) Movie night with all the fixing's... buttered popcorn and favorite drinks. Root Beer Float night- can we say more?

More later!
Renee :)

3 comments:

Kim ~ "HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs" said...

Hi Renee,
Thank you so much for stopping by to see me and for your sweet comments...you are too kind!

Love the sunset...so beautiful!

You had asked me awhile ago about how I keep my drip pans clean on my stove (I sincerely apologize for not answering this question sooner!), well, I use window cleaner...it really seems to do the trick. I clean them as soon as the burner is cooled because the longer they sit dirty the harder they are to get clean.

Have a great weekend, my friend!
Love, Kim

Tara said...

Renee

I am with you, I have to admit...some days I am just admonishing myself with all I am not getting to, with all the more I need, and it is genuinely an exercise to stop and just be thankful. Blogging has made me very conscious of this because there are so many GRATEFUL people out there that I learn from! They really appreciate the small things in life which is what life is all about. I read someone else's blog and I feel uplifted...actually, I am feeling uplifted having read this one because this is my third day of a virus and I am bashing myself about what I should be getting up and doing. Then when I get up i feel yucky. But, c'mon! All is not lost, the house really won't fall down!
I think as Moms we always get carried away with our thoughts, it is just natural. You are right, just need to ground ourselves again. You helped me alot this morning sweetie, thanks!
:0)
Tara

Tara said...

I love your ideas for family fun days. I, too, am trying to be content with staying home more (gas prices) & spending less. Glad I found your blog today!
Tara - Arbo Acres