There are a number of simple and sweet moments in any given day, but because life can move at lightning speed, we can fail to notice most of them. Children notice them. They are not moving quite as fast as we are yet. But they also notice when we don’t notice them. I’ve been guilty of giving my kids the perfunctory “That’s nice, sweetie” because I was too busy to stop and see what they wanted to show me. And, they can tell my attention is not on them … they don’t hesitate to tell me that.
“The days are long, but the years are short.” This was in a comic strip I came across a few years ago that was about raising children. It’s so true though. When they are so young, everything, from sleeping through the night to talking, seem to take forever. But when you’re done with one phase in your child’s life, you look back and realize how fast it went by. I know I need to cherish my time with my children during these “long days” before I suddenly find myself in the “short years”.
In an effort to cultivate a heart of thankfulness and find the happy in my days (no matter how rough those days can be), I’ve decided to post those simple joys that I want to savor and remember here on this blog. When life gets hectic and stressful, it’s easy to overlook those moments, so here’s my attempt to be intentional in calling them to mind.
These snapshots (including the one above) from our recent family trip tug at my heart every time I look at them. When 7 people spend almost every waking and sleeping moment together, conflict is inevitable. And though I don’t make it a habit to pull out the camera during those challenging times, they were exactly what we needed to grow in our love for one another.
“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;” (1 Corinthians 13:4-5)
Would you like to join me? If you capture any of those simple joys throughout your days, post them on Instagram with the hashtag #savorthesimplejoys and/or tag me @less2moreblog. I would love to see what has brought a smile to your face, and if there is enough participation, I hope to share some of your photos here in a monthly round-up.
By doing this, maybe it will help when we come to the end of a rough day. Perhaps we will be less given to focus on the things that discouraged us and more inclined to be thankful for the moments that brightened our day.