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Little gifts

As you start this new week, may you find a sliver of inspiration in an unexpected place—your preschooler’s scribble on the back of your grocery list, the first daffodil in your backyard, a harebrained story retold by your child as you chop the onions, a lovely shade of nail polish on sale.

May you remember to stop and really listen to those little bits of inspiration gifted to you. During the carpool line and the Costco shopping, may you tune in your ears and eyes just so, so that you stop and remark on the loveliness of that yellow bell pepper. May you find that song on the radio that makes you want to crank up the volume, sing along, and maybe roll down the windows.

And when things are hard this week—and there will be hard times this week—may you remember the good parts of your day, too, so that you resist labeling the whole day “horrible.” And if your day truly is a train wreck, may you find solid sleep, so that you can wake up again, ready to roll up your sleeves and start over.

Every new day is a gift. Remember that this week.

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  1. Melissa from the Blue House

    Solid sleep would be a HUGE key for me! Seems no day is ever THAT terrible after solid sleep. 🙂

  2. Mel@TheDizzyMom

    I really needed this. I’m wrapped up with a baby with a nasty stomach bug. It’s hard to see passed these tough times, in the trenches. It’s true, though, every new day is a gift. Also, every afternoon after a solid nap time is a gift!

  3. Jo Lynn

    Feeling prepped and ready to take on the week after reading this, and not allow the week to take on me! Looking forward to the wonders I will come across as I make it a point to pay more attention.

  4. Victoria

    Thanks for the well wishes for my week. I am starting it with a great sleep after a week of horrible sleep for some unknown reason. I am looking forward to some one on one time with my hubby today. A bike ride or two with the kids this week. A run or two with friends. And me and a good book snuggled up on the front porch swing enjoying the arrival of spring weather.

  5. Clara

    Thank you for these lovely and wise words!


  6. Jenn @ A Simple Haven

    Another good word, Tsh! My goal this week will be to “remark on the loveliness” around me, as much for my own sake as for my kids’. I want to help them foster the habit of appreciating daily graces as well!

    • Mystie

      That’s a great idea! I have been realizing that I need to say out loud more of my thinking process as I live alongside my children. Turns out they can’t read my mind, and so much of my life I live inside my mind! It needs to be spoken to be shared.

  7. Sarah

    Thank you! After a rough weekend of toddler meltdowns and lots of pregnancy-related aches and pains, I needed to hear this! And you’re right – the weekend wasn’t all bad, not at all: the weather was gorgeous, I got a short nap on Sunday, we had a nice visit/playtime with our neighbors, I made a new recipe that turned out great, and we made good progress on a home improvement project. Huh – sounds like a pretty good weekend after all!

  8. Gay B

    Last week, I took three days off from work. While gone, all kinds of stressful things happened that I am just now dealing with. This message was timely. Thank you.

  9. Sarah @ Your Healthy Home Biz

    Tsh, I always remind myself that the reason we get stressed is that we don’t step back and consider all the good things and how good our lives are. Having a full belly, a safe home and a beautiful morning view – I’m rich as Midas!

  10. Denise P.

    Thanks for this thought to start off my week. As the mother to an almost 3 year old boy who is active and independent I need this reminder….frequently. Your post also reminded me of my favorite quote from my favorite book, Anne of Green Gables, “…isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” – Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables That quote helps me to remember that I get to start fresh, as does my son, and in that freshness there is much hope which can be needed at the end of a day of tough parenting. Love your blog and look forward to the little jewels in my inbox everyday.

  11. Breanne

    So good. The bell pepper made me smile and look at the little things around me differently.
    We have crocuses in our backyard and spring in all its glory is just around the corner. Thanks for these good words. =)

  12. Noe

    What a lovely reminder 🙂

  13. Carrie

    Very lovely!

  14. Cindy

    Thank you for this reminder. Not liking work much these past couple of weeks and dealing with sending my daughter off to college in a few short months has me in a funk. I will be looking for the good all around me!! I know it’s there, I just need to look above these concerns and see the beauty 🙂

  15. vicki

    Tsh, thank you so much for these wonderful words. Just what I needed to hear today!

  16. Sharon

    It is so hard for me to remember the good parts sometimes and not label the whole day bad. Loved this post!

  17. Sarah

    Loved this! This seems to be one of the big themes of my year–learning to be grateful in everything. Thanks for this sweet post.

  18. Lana Wilkens

    I am determined to focus on the sweet things about today and not let a few yucky things make me see the whole thing as ‘horrible.’ What a great way to start off a Monday!

  19. Megan at SortaCrunchy

    Lady, I needed these words today like YES. Thank you.

  20. Sarah

    Thank you so much for this! I’m now inspired to move slowly through the rest of the week and practice gratitude for the “little things.”

  21. jill

    I think I might read this every day this week. I’m not kidding. I SO needed this. But it’s hard to remember when you’re in the midst of life and i’ts hard and loud and all you want to do is put the kids to sleep and grab some dark chocolate & wine. Maybe that’s just me though. Thanks for this Tsh!! These posts have become a Sunday night ritual for me before bed 🙂

  22. Suse

    just lovely – thank you

  23. Lori

    Being able to look at life this way is a true GIFT that you give yourself and others.

    Start to develop this trait/habit now if it doesn’t come naturally. You will save yourself and your family misery in life and in your old age.

  24. se7en

    This is lovely thank you… Really to seek out the good in every day, I like that!!!

  25. Dawn

    ” … may you remember the good parts of your day, too, so that you resist labeling the whole day “horrible.” Thanks for that reminder – I can be such an “all or nothing” kind of thinker if I’m not careful, so your words are the kind of thing I need to be reminded of … well, for the rest of my life, I’m sure. 🙂

  26. Pam

    I honestly think moms tend to list their days as horrible more often if they have not taken the time to take care of themselves. You simply cannot be the calm in the storm without just riding the wave just for fun from time to time.

  27. Megan

    Oh to see those daffodils! We’re still buried in the snow…

  28. Betsy

    Oh I needed these words on this busy Monday after a whirlwind weekend. I was just trying to convince myself that this is NOT a bad day just because I feel tired and stressed, and now you did it for me! (convinced me!)

  29. Fawn Carriker

    Thank you for the lovely, gentle reminder. We each need it occasionally! – Fawn

  30. Claire @ Lemon Jelly Cake

    Tsh, I love how your weekly “benedictions” meet your readers exactly where they’re at. For me that’s in the midst of another sleep-deprived week with an 8 day old newborn and a toddler who is struggling with this huge change in her life. It is very easy to focus on the rough spots and miss the sweet little moments throughout the day, like when she wants to hold her brother and kiss his tiny head. 🙂 I love your blog, but I think these posts are my favorite!

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