I think one of the toughest things about being a Mom is being joyful when you don’t want to be. When the baby wakes up in the middle of the night 3 times, and then I get up the next morning to go to work and I am exhausted. I need to CHOOSE JOY. Not just for my sake, but for my family, my coworkers and my friends. And I am not talking about bottling up feelings and or issues that need to be discussed just to be fake and happy. It is never a good idea to sweep feelings under the rug only for them to come out in a crazy rampage. I am talking about being a truly joyful person. Put a smile on your face and be excited to see your children when they wake up in the morning. CHOOSE to be joyful, positive and encouraging to your husband and children. I know that I struggle with this EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. And I have to make a conscious choice to be joyful. Joy is different than being happy. Joy is an elevated happiness that keeps your attitude in check and your eyes seeing the world around you in a different way. Happiness is based on something you can’t control. A piece of cake can make you happy. A shopping trip can make you happy. But what about when you don’t have an extra $100 to buy a new pair of shoes? Or when you are lonely or disappointed or stressed out? CHOOSING JOY during these circumstances will help you not only get through it, but be a better Mom. And a better friend. And a better wife.
Help your children catch your joy! I know you have heard the quote, “When Mama ain’t happy, nobody’s happy.” It is SO TRUE. Our disposition rules the home. I am going to CHOOSE JOY today. Are you?