Keeping the perspectiveWe just took a family vacation. It almost wasn't a wonderful weekend away. If hadn't just written the post about and made a commitment to keeping things in perspective, my expectations and feelings of entitlement could have ruined our precious family time. If I hadn't been actively praying and striving to keep a better bigger perspective....
- the seven hour drive with two kids under four would have been more stressful;
- the wet rainy weather combined with my poor packing choices would have put a damper on the weekend (well, I guess it did - We were rather damp! Rain coats? Not this family, we are on SUMMER vacation for goodness sakes!);
- being stuck in a camper (13'x6') for most of the day with two kids under four would have been annoying and frustrating.
I enter into so much of my life with expectations and a skewed sense of entitlement (I deserve a vacation, with easy travel and well-behaved, calm, quiet kids, and of course, good weather!!) Expanding my perspective helped me see that this time was truly a beautiful gift, even in the rain and close quarters.
Spending a weekend away with my family; in camper with electricity and heat, that is bigger and more luxurious than what many families call home = BLESSED IMMEASURABLY.
But I am so habituated to my first-world, that I see only what I don't have and what I am missing. I find myself constantly shifting my perspective to remember what I do have to see things in a new light, in a more accurate light....
Leave a comment
Comments will be approved before showing up.
Also in Intentional Living
As you know, we are in full-on BABY mode over here (and loving every minute of it)!
It seems like the baby game has changed quite a bit since our last baby- there are so many new ethical, small shop, sustainable and giveback brands and products that we've begun to fall in love with! While we still turn to 2nd hand/hand-me-down items as our first resort for finding items for our kids - (it is most economical and sustainable), it has been encouraging and fun to see the myriad of new options! We've loved trying out and supporting some of these brands as we shop with an impact, and are excited to share our recommendations with you!
Here are our favorite ethical, small shop, sustainable giveback baby brands - and the products we have been using and loving in our everyday life!