Monday, October 10, 2011

Oh, look . . . a squirrel!

As Thanksgiving weekend draws to a close I recalled the gratuity list in celebration of Thanksgiving that my kids and I put together last year.  Sadly, our time together this Thanksgiving weekend was limited.  As I sat at the keyboard, my thoughts fixed on a thankful post, I realized I hadn't posted anything since September 11th.  Oh my!  My thoughts rushed . . . where have I been, what have I done, what have I to be thankful for?

  Oh, look . . . a squirrel!

‎"A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition." - William Arthur Ward

I quickly realized, how busy we've been.  The last 6'ish weeks has been consumed with back to school, family, figure skating, coaching, shopping, travel, hockey tryouts, courses, volunteering, friends, and golf!  As I recalled the recent events my heart was warmed with thoughts of being . . . togetherness, love, and laughter!

Ahhh, happy thoughts!  Then I think of this past weekend and the happy thoughts fade away.  Oh, look . . . a squirrel!

Now this Thanksgiving weekend did not go exactly as planned with a great deal of disappointment for me and my kiddos.  With busy schedules and active lives, we've become very adaptable.  Every once in a while life is interrupted by, oh, look . . . a squirrel!

As I tackle these squirrels and thoughts around in my head, attempting to make sense of the weekends events, I take a wander through good ole facebook and find the following post:

Should you find yourself the victim of other peoples bitterness, ignorance, smallness, or insecurities, remember this, things could be much worse.  You could be one of them!

NOW, that hit the nail on the head!  I've figured it out!  So many dang squirrels I hope I can explain.  I Believe . . . that the root of all happiness is in the 'being' not in the 'doing' nor in the materialistic world.  What had happened over the Thanksgiving weekend is that my ability to 'be' had been kiboshed by the actions of another person.  Granted I allowed that to happen through my own frustration and contempt.  My family and I had became the victims of someone else's control, manipulation, bitterness, ignorance, smallness, and insecurities!  Wow, now the squirrels in my head were fighting, geesh! 

As I get the squirrels tamed down, I am able to focus on the intent of my post and that is giving 'Thanks'!  What I am truly thankful for is the ability to learn and grow . . . to do better and be better.  A better person, a better friend, a better mom!  I am thankful for the awareness and the understanding of how certain actions or circumstances can make you feel, think, and behave.  Thankful for the ability to move above and beyond the smallness of others.  Thankful to set an example for my kiddos through integrity.  Thankful for the many wonderful people who's paths I've crossed recently.  Thankful for the ability to learn new things (even first aid).  Thankful for 3 wonderful children.  Thankful for fabulous family and friends.  Thankful, thankful, thankful, thankful!!

I Believe . . . there are many squirrels that cross our paths.  Squirrels come in many disguises!  Are those squirrels a distraction in your life?  Are you able to stay focused on what is important to you?  What squirrels are you thankful for?