Friday, March 9, 2012

A Different Perspective

I woke up this morning, incredibly stressed about the long list of to-do's.  I took an exceptionally hot shower, hoping it would melt my stress away.  Wasn't happening.  Then, I realized I needed to look at my life from a different perspective.  On the drive to school, I reframed the issues that were causing my anxiety.  By the time I pulled into the parking lot, I can honestly say I felt betterWhen I list my gratitude, I can promise you that I am not being facetious, but I realize that many people would be lucky to have a list of complaints like I have.

  • I am grateful to have a messy, disorganized house because it means I have a roof over my head to keep my family safe and dry.
  • I am grateful to be awakened in the middle of the night by my husband's snores because it means I am lying in bed close to someone who loves me and is my life partner.
  • I am grateful to have tiny feet in my back at midnight because it means I have two children who still want to be close to me.
  • I am grateful to anguish over what to cook for dinner because it shows that my family has an abundance of food.
  • I am grateful to be planning my daughter's family birthday party because it marks another year of her in our family and the love that we share as a family.
  • I am grateful to hear from my son's teacher at school because I know she cares enough about him to keep me in the loop.
  • I am grateful for a mountain of laundry to tend to because it means my family has clothes on their backs. 
  • I am grateful to have a few extra pounds to lose because it shows that I have enough to eat each day.
  • I am grateful to hear the alarm each morning because it means I woke up.

I promise to challenge myself each day to flip around my perspective.  Until you realize what you could be missing, what you do have may have little significance.  I am one lucky lady, and I think it is about time that I begin to embrace it.


  1. What a lovely post and so good to take this perspective. Hope the weekend provides some stress free time.

  2. Kelli - I have so loved your slices of life this past week. You have such a refreshing way of looking at things - the knitting post, stopping to play a game with your son in the morning, and this post of gratitude, just to name a few.
    As my life has felt hectic recently, and I have felt overwhelmed, this gratitude post is just what I needed to read to start y weekend.
    Have a great birthday party!

  3. Wow, I LOVE the idea of turning your complaints into reasons to be thankful! I will definitely have to try this out soon! Thanks for sharing this powerful insight!

  4. Ok, you are making me re-think the snoring issue I have with my husband. Love your perspective.

  5. People have written appreciation lists but usually they have been about the good things in life. Appreciating the things to complain about first and then connecting them to the blessings is a new twist for me. Thank you.
    I read your posts about your children. You have knitted (read that post too) the love beautifully with words.

  6. So clever how you put this twist on your stressors. I love the little feet in your back! I keep thinking could this be the last time they crawl into bed with me. Makes me sad, but I guess I should be grateful that they are growing and maturing and all the other wonderful things that come with then next "stage."

  7. Karen at Literate Lives just brought me to your post & I am grateful that she did. This gives me a new perspective in the way you have phrased your worries and/or anxieties. How wonderful to be given a creative outlook on the world in which we live! Thank you!