I hope the visionary doesn't mind me sharing this image of the beautiful tile she created for our friend the Swede Mama. It is so perfect for my ramblings today... and a perfect mantra for the times.
There is not a mother (or father for that fact) I know right now who isn't completely in over their head trying to balance children, work, household responsibilities & chores, finances, friends & family... the list goes on and on. While this madness is sure to pass, it's sometimes hard to see past the moment. And often, the moment feels insurmountable.
When I find myself dwelling in that crazy place, I breathe myself back to calm and remind myself nothing lasts and nothing is perfect. And I search (sometimes very deeply) for the positive. The wise ways of two fellow mamas has helped lately. As Erin reminds us in weekly posts, I look at each challenging situation and try to see "what's working" as opposed to what's not. Another dear friend suggests asking "what's good about this?" when difficulties arise.
Both of these exercises force the brain to recognize the positive and abandon any negative mind states. Both help me return to being mindful. And I really felt both were worth sharing here.
Today, one breath at a time, I am seeking out the positive. What about you?