Yesterday at church, I was sharing our Thanksgiving plans with a fellow solo-mom. I mistakenly assumed that she might understand the challenge of celebrating without the presence of your child. "I haven't ever had a holiday without *Kaley, I just can't imagine." she said. I just nodded, but I felt even more isolated and less understood.
And so it is with most things. If we look, we can find the blessing even in what is negative. We miss our one who went away to university this year. Yet we are so grateful for her intelligence and what she is learning, experiencing and the way she is growing. Middle school has been so challenging and yet my son has matured and is stretching himself. When I practice gratefulness, my perspective shifts and I feel so rich. Let's be intentional about noticing the blessings. It's a practice of perspective that has the power to change your life.
*name changed for privacy.