Hello friends! Happy MondayI It is a dreary kind of day here (75 ways to entertain your kids on a rainy day coming at you soon because I am pulling out all the stops over here today to keep them busy!). I hope it is sunny wherever you are!
I was planning on writing a post about what we can do as mothers to recharge ourselves so we are ready for each new day but as I prayed about what to write about, this quote kept coming to my mind. It is one of my favorites and has been a mantra of sort for me for the last 10 years or so. I loved it when we were going through infertility and I love it now as a young mother.
Keep trying. I feel like that is what I am doing today and every day. The kitchen is never clean no matter how many times I clean it. The laundry never folds itself even though I always will it to. And the demands of two small children each day are tiring.
All day today I feel like I have had to tell myself to keep trying. To keep trying to not lose my patience, to keep trying to keep my house clean, to keep trying to come up with activities that will keep my kids happy and busy, to keep trying to do my best as a mother and wife.
And isn’t that exactly what life is about? To keep trying and believing and do the best we can?
My favorite line in this quote is “Be happy.” Because in the midst of all the trying, sometimes it is hard to be happy. But that is what life is about too. I know that God didn’t send us to here to be miserable. Yes, we are going to have trying days, but He wants us to be happy and have joy DURING those days and times. He knows that things will work out and we can know it too.
Growing up I was always felt I was an optimist. I would even tease my husband about this (we dated in high school) because he would tell me he was being “realistic” while I was being ever the optimist. But through life and infertility, my heart somehow became hardened to optimism. I tried to hold onto it but I would often feel so negative about everything. I was thinking about this last week when I had the thought and realization: I GET TO DECIDE WHETHER I WILL BE HAPPY OR NOT. I get to decide, no matter what life is throwing at me, to be happy! To have a good attitude! To choose to not let things bother me. To choose to look on the bright side of things. I can choose to be a silly and funny and happy mama or I can choose to be a tired, impatient, frustrated one. I get to choose! Of course, I always knew this but for some reason it just dawned on me last week that I can do this in motherhood. It doesn’t matter if the baby is up all night or if my four year old doesn’t stay in her room for quiet time, I CAN CHOOSE TO BE HAPPY! This knowledge is so freeing to me. I love it!
And so in the middle of last week I started reading little quotes about happiness and attitude and faith in the morning to gear up for the day. And it helped so much. Yay for optimism and just plain being happy! President Hinckley has always been one of my favorite examples of optimism, he always had such a happy spirit and I love this quote of his because, to me, it just sings of optimism.
Despite the hard days, I do love motherhood. It teaches me so much and I love my young kiddos so much even on the days when motherhood is busiest. I know so many of you feel the same way. And I know that, even when emotions run high, we do want to do the very best at this job of motherhood that we can. So to you and to myself I say, in the words of President Hinckley,
Don’t get discouraged.
Things will work out.”
There will be rainy days. There will be sleepless nights. There will be wayward children. There will be trying times. But there will also be God, right there with us, saying these words to us, “Keep trying.”
Click below for the FREE 8×10 printable of this quote! Keep trying and Happy Monday, friends!
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