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This is so true. My mood helps set the tone for the house. My husband reminds me of this often. Especially on a Monday morning when all I want is to roll over, switch off the alarm and pretend morning hasn’t arrived. Or when it’s only 9 AM and already I want to a do over. I can’t control my circumstances, but I can control my attitude and my outlook.
My munchkins are wonderful blessings but also huge handfuls. I like it when Jamie quotes Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, saying that we should treat people as they ought to be, not how they are. This is never more true than with my children. I tend to focus too hard on their deficiencies, which I often see as the result of my own failings. If they aren’t polite, it’s because I haven’t made enough effort to emphasize it. If they are unkind or mean to each other, it is because I have not been kind enough to them or strict enough about how they treat each other. There is some truth in this. But if all I can see is where we need improvement. I need to try to see the best in my children, and see them as God sees them and sees me. This will help change my attitude and also the atmosphere of my home.
Is this easy? Nope. It is much easier for me to get angry, frustrated and even bitter about my daily struggles. I said earlier that I often wish for a do-over by 9 AM. Well I can have one. Any of us can at any time. We just need to stop, pray for strength and adjust our attitudes and that will impact our situation.
Jamie has the amazing ability to put her finger on exactly what it is I need to hear, and often don’t want to. If you haven’t already purchased her e-book, do it. Her words of wisdom will be an important tool in helping you better control the weather in your own home.