I thought long and hard about writing this post. I was afraid it would come across as too preachy or too righteous (I'm not either of those things. . . I think) and I didn't want to turn anyone off. My normal "who gives a crap" attitude won and here's the post.
My Life in a Jar
Here's the jar:
It starts and an empty jar that I filled with rocks.
The pebbles are the things that I need in my life but aren't near and dear to me. Those are things like my job, money, appointments, and other necessities. I can still add sand.
This jar is to remind me that, if I dumped it all out and tried to put it back, I wouldn't have room for all of the rocks of my life. I have to put those in first in order to get as many into my life as I can! The rest will always find a place.
A long time ago I started the "two no rule" with myself. Shhh. . . don't tell the kids. . . . they'll take full advantage of it! I allow myself two "nos" a day when the kids ask me to do something with them. Someday, they might quit asking. For now, I use those "nos" wisely and only when necessary. If my daughter wants to paint with me, I say "yes". If my son wants to play four square with me, I grab the ball. On weeknights, I try to say no only once or not at all since I see them so little. It's my way of making sure that I never put a clean house over the kids. I can always scrub out the toilets later. I won't always be able to read stories with my daughter.
Today is an appropriate date for me to post this because I HATE Trick-or-Treating. I always have, even as a kid. My kids love it. They will ask me to go with them. I will say "yes."
Enjoy your night! Enjoy your life!