Oh I cannot even begin to count how many “new year -new you” themed posts, ads, and commercials I’ve encountered during the last week. Ugh! Why should we suddenly decide on January 1st that we are not good enough? Why do we suddenly thrust upon ourselves a spirit of discontentment? We seem to take this time of year to find all of our negatives that need “fixing,” ironically so, right after a season in which we are to be thankful and joyful. Personally, I don’t want to think of myself as being broken or below par. My New Years resolution won’t be about getting thin or doing more cardio (although I probably legit need more cardio)… My resolution will focus on seeing the positives that already exist all around me and within me every single day.
Kate and MiniThor’s New Year Resolution: Positive Perspective
I want to see the good in every day, in every person, in every adventure…
This probably seems like a simple task but sometimes we just straight up have bad days and it is on those days that this concept turns out to be not so simple after all. Some days the bad seems to just compile and compile and we feel like we are stuck down in a hole we can’t get back out of. So how do we crawl up out of that hole?! Find some good things down there buried under the bad. Look for three good things that happened that day.
This has become a nightly practice in my home. It is part of our bedtime routine. I tuck MiniThor in, I read him a book, and then I ask him, “tell me three good things about today.” This is two-fold, he is looking for and expressing positives from his day and I am hearing positives that always seem to melt my heart into a puddle. After we talk about our three good things I ask him what was his very best part of that day. Today he replied, “that you love me!” Let me just tell you, I smiled so big I must have been glowing!
I encourage you to give it a try too. Look for the positives in your day. Sometimes it’s tough, but the good is there, even if you have to dig for it. You may have overslept and had to rush to work..but you have a job and can provide for your family. You may have a sink full of dishes waiting to be washed.. But you cooked a healthy meal for your family, you had food to feed them. You may have been super busy today.. But look at how much you accomplished!
Try asking your kiddos for “three good things” from their day. Not only will you gain insight into their daily lives, but you will also gain some positive perspective yourself. Chances are one of their good things will be something you did with them that day. It’s moments like that which make us parents feel like superheroes! So go on, look for the good, and be your awesome superhero self this year!