You are probably thinking, "well duh, you have a toddler, that's their specialty." But my daughter was down for the count most of the last two days. She got a little of her spunk back last night but still mostly just wanted held or to sit and read books. ...There are stacks of books in every direction.
Blankets, cuddly stuffed animals, and books are stacked near every place to sit down. The coffee table is the worst of the spaces with blankets toys and books piled nearly as tall as my line of sight from the sofa.
I know today will be a big day of cleaning things up and getting the house back in order. She is doing better but not well enough for me to risk taking her to her normal activities and sharing this with her friends.
As I look around the house at the mess, I do not feel anxious about how much there is to do, as I might ordinarily. In fact, it is as if my eyes have a different filter on today. It is not a mess made from not cleaning up after ourselves after a hectic weekend. It is a mess of love as we tried to comfort our sick child. Until now, I didn't really realize how different a mess could seem.
Armed with this new perspective the mess isn't so bad. Oh don't get me wrong, it has to go, but cleaning it is more like wiping the vomit from my child for the fifteenth time. There is extra patience and persistence because it is filtered in love.
I'm grateful for the mess that kept my daughter as happy as she could be during her rough sick days. I'm grateful she is starting to feel better. I'm grateful for all the snuggles I got as she sought comfort and rest. I'm grateful to have a new perspective as I look around at the mess. I'm grateful to know I have the ability to put on a positive filter for anything happening in my life, if I choose. I'm grateful to know perspective is everything and I have the power to create, change, and re-change it at will.
What is something that normally bugs you? How can you find a new perspective to view the same situation?
May today remind us of the infinite power of perspective. May we choose the perspective that colors our world in love. Have a beautiful day!