Lotta Stress & A Lil' Perspective

Let's face it: We are ALL stressed out right now.

Teachers are closing up shop {doing grades, prepping data for end-of-year-evals, and trying to keep kiddos engaged in learning!}

Parents of high school seniors are getting ready for graduation day and sending their baby off to the work world or to college {or BOTH!}

Brides are franticly tying up loose ends for their summer weddings.

The rest of us are juggling graduation gifts, wedding shower gifts, party invites and just life in general.

And most of us fall into at least two of those categories...

It's times like these that I fall back on my sweet momma's advice she gave me over and over as a kid, teenager and adult: Just remember...There's always somebody who has it worse off than you do.

Stress is frantically testing all of my kids, grading like there's not tomorrow and just trying to survive the crazy schedules and kids for the next 16 days....perspective is knowing all of the school stress will go away in 16 short school days and that my stress is temporary.

Stress is having a stress-filled day at work and not having my BFF in town to decompress with.  Perspective is knowing that even though my bestie lives 1600 miles away, at least I know God placed the perfect girl in my life. Perspective is knowing that some people do not have a "person" to decompress with.

Stress is traveling 6 hours over Mother's Day weekend with a toddler...with 3 of those hours being with a cranky, extremely tired toddler and listening to whines from a not-usually-whiny boy.  Perspective is having a reason to travel...an amazing mom, role model and friend. And getting to visit my 93 year old grandmother {isn't she precious??}

Perspective is getting to celebrate this Mother's Day as a mother...again.

Stress is trying to maintain patience while my 1 1/2 year old does exactly the opposite of what I ask...countless times in the same afternoon...and wondering if he will ever learn the meaning of Ephesians 6:1 {"Children obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is right"} despite the many MANY times I quote it to him each day.  Perspective is knowing just how blessed I am to have a 1 1/2 year old to discipline.  It's knowing the miracle of his very existence.  Perspective is hurting for the ladies who are longing to be able to hold their own child, who just tried to "survive" this past Mother's Day...and knowing exactly how they feel.

Stress is chasing a crazy, on-the-go toddler after an exhausting day at work.  Perspective is soaking up every wild memory and dancing along to the music...

Perspective is holding in the laughter while Cooper "jogs" with mommy on the treadmill...

Perspective is seeing the pure *J*O*Y* in these sweet eyes, no matter what stress is around...

Stress can be anything I let it be throughout the day, but perspective is knowing someone else is worse off than me.  There are a lot of things that ARE stressful about my world right now, but there are a lot of things that AREN'T.

While my husband and in-laws are dealing with how to say goodbye to their dying mother or grandmother, my mom is healthy. And not only are my grandmothers alive, but they are both relatively healthy, too.

While family friends are dealing with terminal diagnoses for themselves or their spouses, I am healthy, my husband is healthy, and Cooper is perfectly healthy.

While fellow Arkansans haven't had a home to go to since the EF-4 tornado that hit Central Arkansas just over 2 weeks ago, my home is in tact and beautiful.

While first graders in my class most likely went to bed hungry tonight, my growing boy downed half of a Reuben sandwich and some tomatoes.

Amidst all of my stress, I am blessed.  Letting my stress control me just makes me feel worse.  My momma was right...God gives me perspective to help me deal with and control my stress...

"Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, if there be any praise, think on these things." Philippians 4:8

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