You must have long-range goals to keep you from being frustrated by short-range failures.
Charles C. Noble
Photographer Anne Geddes has made an art form out of taking pictures of sleeping babies. Her photos evoke smiles. Nothing is a better image of peace than a sleeping child.
But between naps and nighttime, caring for children is an exhausting and relentless responsibility. In their innocence and enthusiasm, children can get themselves into life threatening situations in no time.
After a hectic day of chasing, entertaining, protecting, feeding, dressing, guarding, guiding, and making peace between squabbling siblings, parents are eager for bedtime. After the toys are put away and the pajamas are put on, the sleepy toddler slows down, cuddles with mom or dad for a bedtime story, and finally falls asleep.
Later, before putting themselves to bed, parents check on their children one more time to make sure all is peaceful in dreamland. The serene beauty of a sleeping child makes all the day’s frustrations worthwhile.
Having a daughter with a little one that requires regular feedings, I know that she is very often up at least 2 times during the night. She has learned to adapt her sleeping with his and knows how important it is to sleep when he sleeps.
We all get frustrated with things now and then, but they can be worthwhile in the long run. Frustration can make you angry and then you loose your temper. There are healthier ways to deal with our frustrations. There is little in life that we can control, but we can choose how we respond to the difficulties we encounter.
We can choose to be kind to those around us, no matter how much they tend to frustrate us instead of being caught up in our own needs. If I try saying I Love You without any expectations, just like a mom with a baby sleeping peacefully, it makes me feel like my frustrations are worth while.
I was feeling a little frustrated with some changes going on here, but I know that life means change and I've accepted it now and am definitely feeling more peaceful about things.
Peace is wonderful feeling and because I've chosen to accept and adapt to the changes and move on, my life will be more fulfilling. Life is filled with changing circumstance. Nothing, absolutely nothing ever stays the same. In fact in some situations can change as often as the weather.
Time goes by too quickly and there just isn't any time to wasted on negative emotions.
I hope your Wednesday is a wonderful one! Be at peace, take a deep breath and smile.
'On Ya'- ma