Find Joy In The Journey

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

This quote is often in my head and something I think about a lot in parenting. It is in fact, in my opinion, the key to enjoying all the different aspects of parenting and that stage of life. It's the little things my kids do that bring me the greatest joys. Even when they do something I am maybe not thrilled with, I can find joy in the oopsies (like this recent one). They are inherently proud of most everything that they do, even if it happens to be artwork drawn on the wall instead of paper. And I have the choice to see the mess or see the effort and pride. For me it's an easy choice because it is clear when I see my kids that I will never get to rewind the clock. It is also clear the way that I treat them will lay the foundation for how they expect to be treated throughout life and how they will treat others (with respect, love and understanding is what I hope they learn). My kids are a wonderful reminder for me to slow down and enjoy the smallest of details, to find wonder in the process and to be gentle with ones soul.

Actually seeing this lovely quote the other day was good timing as I have been in a creative funk for awhile and made me realize I don't always practice this with myself. I have been stuck wanting to just be at my destination already rather than enjoying making my way there -- even if I don't know exactly where that destination is. The journey is often the longest and best part of any story, what in fact creates a story. But with all the nicey-nice said, I think I also just really need to mix in a little bit of this too . . .

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  1. My parenting journey has not been the greatest of late...thank goodness my creative journey has been a bit better. But still, when they're not in synch... nothing much feels good. Time to punch something in the face. ;)

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    1. haha, just not cal ;) luckily i have 4 year olds, which i think is the best age in the world, to balance having a teenager hehe. i found the quote i posted first and then i found the other, at which point i thought a little face punching (figuratively of course!) might actually bring me some joy to my journey! xo

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    2. That last sentence might be the happiest thing I've read all day! ;)

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  2. I had forgotten about this until Vacation, which reminds me why taking a break every once in awhile is so important. It's tough not to rush rush rush to where you're trying to go, take it easy, and find the twisty little side paths on the way

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    1. oh, yes, nothing like traveling to remind you that life is about the journey. i need some of that i think, but summer is going so quickly!

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  3. Finding joy in every situation is the easiest way to stay happy and positive. It's hard to do sometimes, I admit, and I do not by any means have it perfected (especially since Fitz tests my patience on a daily basis and unlike human kids, he's a little more difficult to rationalize with!). But I'm trying. Have you ever read "Feeling Good"? It's a self-help book that kind of led the way for other touchy-feel-y self-help books, but it was based on a lot of studies about how our thoughts dictate our feelings. It's a lot easier to feel good if you think good. You know? What am I saying, of course you do! This is a beautiful quote, C. xo

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    1. i totally agree and i am good about it in the general sense, or i am just really easily entertained. but creatively it's harder, you know. but i am trying to remember i create so much more and so much better when i am enjoying it. now i just need to get to that place . . . i will have to check out that book maybe for a little kick start.

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  4. Just the kind of motivation I needed today. It's so easy to get caught up in the destination rather than enjoying the journey (which is so apt to my life at the moment). I needed the reminder to hang on to every moment and enjoy it - thanks Christine! Now let me go and punch this day in the face!

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