It’s early in the morning, and I’m looking ahead to a day that is going to be filled with people – lots of people. From the Sears repair man who will arrive sometime between eight and noon, to the friends coming over for dinner. In between will be our special friend, Gretchen, Sunshine’s Bible study group, and later, her best friend, Happy, who is coming over after school. Not to mention my own kids and Russ.
I’m an extrovert, for the most part, so being with lots of friends is pretty good for me. However, it gives me so many more occasions to sin – to speak sharply to my children, get frazzled and grumpy as I make dinner, and not be as generous and kind toward Russ as I should be. It’s amazing how easy it is to be kind, patient, and self-controlled when nobody is around.
This is the kind of day when I get to practice breathing deeply, staying calm, giving my children gentle and loving eyes, stopping to truly listen to them, and being fully present with my family and friends. When I made my list of tasks for today, I tried to be realistic, that there really won’t be time for much more than some basic homeschooling, a bit of cleaning, and lots of food preparation.
I’ve almost finished reading Building the Bonds of Attachment: Awakening Love in Deeply Troubled Children by Daniel Hughes, and just ordered his book, Attachment-Focused Parenting. My goal each day is to read my Bible, a chapter or so of a book that is for my education, and if a tiny slice of time remains, I squeeze in a bit of my bookgroup book, which is currently, Unbroken.
What are you reading these days?
Happy Friday, friends.