Never stop being grateful. Sometimes even the things in life that drive you crazy, hurt your heart and just generally suck, are the things that produce the most fruit in your life.
It is easy to be grateful for the good stuff…a new outfit, a privilege earned, good times with friends. But what about the things that are hard? How easy is it to be grateful for the mistake that you made because the consequences taught you something? How about the fight you had with a friend that eventually drew you closer to them? How long will it take for you to be grateful for some of the lessons I have taught you, especially the ones that cramp your style and make things tricky?
I am grateful for the bad bosses I have had, because I learned what kind of boss I wanted to be. I’m grateful for the fights that we have had when you told me that I hurt your feelings, because knowing makes it easier for me to avoid doing it again. I’m grateful for the rules my mom imposed on me as a teenager because I know now that she was trying to keep me safe while she prepared me for life.
This one is hard to even type, but as much as it hurts you and me still, I’m grateful for my divorce because the pain of my mistakes has made me a better person now. Almost all that I know about relationships, I learned from that time. And despite all that pain, I’m grateful for your dad because he never turned bitterness into a battle, and we have been able to co-parent you peacefully, cooperatively and with the love that we both feel for you.
Most of all, I’m grateful for you. I’m grateful for every childhood tantrum and free expression of emotion. I’m grateful for all you have taught me about being a mom. I’m SO grateful that even when I drive you crazy, you still like to hang out and you haven’t shut me out of your life. I’m grateful for all that you have become and that you have weathered my mistakes so well. I’m grateful that you make being your mom the most complete joy of my life, even the bad parts.
This post was inspired by this Elastamom’s Excerpts post.