As I sit here writing this, my daughters are home from school with another snow day! This is the third snow day this week, with February vacation only 2 days away. Over the past 13 scheduled school days, school has only been held on 5 of those days (and one of those was a 1/2 day). We have been hit hard with snow in Massachusetts so far this year…and more is on the way tomorrow! Needless to say, my schedule has been greatly interrupted and needed to be rearranged. And for that, I am grateful!
With every situation in life that is out of our control, we have two choices: we could complain, or we could recognize the gift in the situation. Complaining is often the easiest option, but it will not accomplish anything good. On the other hand, looking for the good in each situation takes a little more effort, but it is much more rewarding because it leads to feelings of gratitude, love, and happiness.
So, today I choose to focus on being grateful for the 8 snow days I got to spend with my girls so far. I am grateful:
- We knew school was canceled the night before, so we were able to sleep in.
- I didn’t have to pack lunches (my least favorite chore of all)
- We still have heat and power
- We had the opportunity to go sledding and make some wonderful memories.
- We had time to bake cookies and cakes and experiment with some new dishes for dinner.
- The girls were able to enjoy good old-fashioned unstructured play time outside with each other and their friends.
- We were all able to make good progress on some projects we had been putting off.
- I had the opportunity to shovel. Call me crazy, but I enjoy shoveling. I find it so peaceful and therapeutic. I love being outside in the silence, breathing in the fresh air and giving thanks for the beauty of nature surrounding me.
- We had the opportunity to try making snow ice cream. It wasn’t a hit with my girls, but we are going to try it again with a different recipe.
- I was able to capture some beautiful pictures to preserve the memories of these days.
- For boredom! I LOVE it when my kids say they are bored, because I know it won’t be long before they are using their imaginations and re-discovering their inner artists.
- For the chance to help out neighbors and take the time to reconnect with them because everyone is always in such a rush.
- For the memories made with family, friends, and neighbors as our community works together and accepts help from other communities to get through this unprecedented snowfall together. And most of all…
- For forcing everyone to SLOW DOWN and take a much needed break!
Sure, these days may appear to be an inconvenience today, but I know we are going to look back on them and realize what a blessing they were. I understand nobody wants to be in school until the end of June, but if that is the case, it will give us a chance to practice acceptance then, too. Remember, we are not the master planner of our lives. Some of life’s greatest blessings are a result of distractions and inconveniences beyond our control. So, the next time life doesn’t go as planned, take a deep breath, remind yourself that the situation is actually a blessing, and look for the good in the situation.
Because EVERY situation we encounter each day IS a gift! 🙂