I have to admit that I fly around most of the time like a chicken with my head cut off. I have always been a busy-body, but add in taking care of my kids and a house and preparing for travel and trying to get the best deals for the holidays and squeezing in a workout and pretty soon, those pesky walls begin closing in on me. That’s when I tend to snap at my husband and fuss at my kids and yell at the dogs…
Last week, I was dealing with mushrooms (Yes, mushrooms! I got a good deal!). I was making cream of mushroom soup and blanching some to freeze and chopping some for dinner. All in all, a fungal mess…if you will. Dishes were stacked up in the sink to be washed. My washer was buzzing to let me know I needed to move the laundry to the dryer. And my iron was popping steam, reminding me to press Scott’s shirts. It was in the midst of my created mess that Elizabeth wanted held.
I am thankful that realty hits me gently sometimes and I gladly scooped up my daughter to spend some time in the rocking chair. Sighing away my stress, I tried to take all of her in: the baby shampoo smell of her hair, the feel of her little hands, the weight of her head laying on my chest. Soon, she’ll be too old to rock and hold like this and she’ll be slamming the door to her room and hating me instead of loving me.
Before I knew it, here came our "little inspector" with her pat-pat-pat of hands against hard flooring, wanting to see what Mommy and Sissy were doing. We scooped her up too and I had a giggling, grabbing, crying mess on my hands. Isn't that the best kind of messes?
It reminded me that the best cure for stress is thankfulness. Do you ever just sit and think about your blessings? For me, it never fails to fill the void that tension and stress and worry tends to dig out. We just finished a whirl-wind tour of Charleston to Wheeling to Pittsburgh and back to Charleston...all in a matter of four days. I didn't take one picture. I didn't take videos. I tried not to fuss with extras but just take in our friends and family and my children.
During this holiday season, I encourage you to take some time to count and love on your blessings. Hold your kids. Hug your spouse. Rub down your dog. Kiss your mom. I swear, you won’t miss the stress. And when the walls start closing back in on you, just pray them back and be thankful that you have the "walls" to begin with.