We all know what Carpe diem means…seize the day. The real question is do we REALLY know what it means? So often I find myself at the end of the day wondering if I really took even one minute in my very busy day to stop and seize the moment. As Moms (or Dads) we run on adrenaline all day long and lately I feel like a hamster on one of those spinning wheels.
This is life with kids or at least this is MY life with three young girls. I get up before the sun, see one of them off to school, drop and pick up the other one from preschool and try to keep my two year old occupied and engaged while cleaning, doing laundry, running errands, volunteering, attending field trips…you get the point.
What I want to be doing and need to be doing is enjoying these moments…being thankful that I have the opportunity to stay home and watch these three amazing people develop and grow. I love my children so darn much. I sometimes find myself wondering how I was chosen to do such an important job. There are days when I don’t feel very good at my job, or days when I know I am not doing my best. We all have these days. We all have “parent guilt” for one thing or another. We need to let go of this guilt and realize we are doing the best we can with what we have.
I heard at my MOPS meeting on Wednesday from a mentor that young Moms need to remember that this is the most important job we will ever have in our lifetime. We need to take a break from all the hustle and bustle and enjoy being with our kids. REALLY enjoy being with them. Not just in the same room while they play or watch TV but getting down on the floor or lying down together and talking about what they learned at school.
I admit sometimes this is hard for me to do…I feel like I should be cleaning or “doing” something while at the same time talking to my kids. NO…I should not. I should be teaching them that taking a break and truly enjoying each others company is at the top of my “to do” list each and every day.
As we all know life goes by so darn quick. In the blink of an eye our children are going to be teenagers, college students, young entrepreneurs, then parents of their own children. Our lives could change in an instant and I for one do not want to have regrets. I want my husband and my children to know that they are true blessings. I need to find a way to take a break every day and just enjoy all the chaos that we call life.
How do you balance everything? How do you seize the every day moments with your family?
Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for wind to fly a kite. Or waiting around for Friday night or waiting perhaps for their Uncle Jake or a pot to boil or a better break or a string of pearls or a pair of pants or a wig with curls or another chance. Everyone is just waiting. ~Dr. Seuss