It’s really easy to take things for granted and to complain about having to do things you don’t want to do, until you don’t have those things. I learned first hand not to complain or take the little things for granted. I’ve lost my job and didn’t know how I was going to pay bills. I’ve been essentially homeless with two little kids who cried every time we moved to a new friends couch because they didn’t have stability. My daughter at 2 years old had a back pack with her favorite toys that she refused to leave anywhere. She wore it all the time and when she went to sleep she made sure it was right next to her.
Thankfully we are way past those days, my husband and I both have good jobs and are on track to hopefully buy a house in the not so distant future after Squirrel Removal of course. Sometimes however, i do find myself complaining. My husband didn’t take out the trash or mow the lawn which annoys me to no end. Then I have to remind myself that there are women who don’t have husbands that raise their kids on their own. My husband works hard and takes care of his kids and loves us. Sometimes he naps instead of helping around the house, it could be worse. My kids fight non stop, literally 24/7 since the school year ended, most days I want to rip my hair out and hide in my room till bedtime. Again, I have to remind myself to be grateful. My kids are healthy, they have two loving parents and will only be this age for so long. Soon they will be gone and my house will be empty and quiet (except for my husband snoring on the couch). I will long for the days that they were here driving me up a wall.
It’s not easy to look past the daily annoyances: It’s hot, you’re late for work, you spilled coffee on yourself. It also takes a lot of work and self discipline to teach yourself to not think this way. Baby steps go a long way, if you’re late for work, be thankful you have a job. If you spilled coffee on yourself, be thankful you can afford coffee. If your kids are arguing, be thankful you have healthy kids. I’m a work in progress but if I can attest if you try to be more thankful, you won’t feel so miserable.