Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Counting Blessings

My Lex just reminded me of a very important life lesson today. The poor little man came home early from school because his stomach hurt. As soon as we walked in the door, he ran to the bathroom and threw up. He threw up so hard that his little cheeks looked flushed from all of the blood vessels at the surface! I cleaned him up and had him go lie down on the couch. I got him comfortable, turned on his shows, and prepared for a very long afternoon (i.e. got out extra towels, clorox wipes, lysol spray, etc). He channel surfed for a moment until he found Phineas and Ferb, his favorite Disney Channel show right now. He's recently discovered the Guide button on the remote control and realized that he can see all of the shows both upcoming and on different channels. So after a couple of episodes of Phineas and Ferb, he pulled up the guide to see what was coming on. The line-up was Phineas and Ferb for the next 6 hours! He looked over at me with his pale little face, flushed cheeks and glowing, excited eyes and said, "It must be my lucky day! I was supposed to get sick so I can watch Phineas and Ferb all day long!"

It's funny because just this morning I woke up and my first thought of the day was, "How do I get through another day?" Of course I got up and took down a little extra caffeine and grudgingly struggled through the morning because nothing was going to get put on hold or anything until I could get it together. The lesson that Lex reminded me of is that life is going to be difficult and overwhelming no matter what. I've just got to remember to see the good and happy and wonderful during the bad. Lying down, feeling bad for myself or the situation isn't going to make any of it better. In fact, I would miss A LOT of "good shows" if I did that! I am so grateful to my Lex for subtly reminding me that today is my lucky day!
"The things that are hard to bear, are sweet to remember."

~Lucious Annaeus Seneca

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

~Mark Twain