Not long ago our eldest turned 16. Not surprisingly I found myself saying what has been said so many times before “Where did that time go?” There are not that many years left before she will be leaving the nest!
Recently, I personally have been finding it hard to be grateful for the small things in life. It has been difficult to value the small moments. It is so easy to be caught up in the pace and culture of the world around, looking at who is doing what and then at what you are not doing. I have been trying to ‘Celebrate my smallness’ in a world that wants big!
I want to share an excerpt for ‘The Minimalist’ blog which reminded me how precious our time is with our children at home is and what an important job it is. What can, at times, seem like the smallness of raising our kids and putting time in, is actually one of the ‘biggies’ in life!
“An interesting story is told of Monterey, California, a coastal town, that quickly became a pelican’s paradise. As the local fishermen returned each day to clean their fish, they would fling the unused internal organs of the fish to the pelicans. The birds graciously accepted their gift and as a result, quickly grew fat, lazy, and contented. Eventually however, when the fishing industry in Monterey took a downturn, the free meals began to slow for the pelicans.
When the change came, the pelicans made no effort to fish for themselves. Instead, they waited around and grew gaunt and thin. Many even starved to death. Because of the free handouts, they had forgotten how to fish for themselves.
To remedy the situation, an unprecedented solution was sought: import new pelicans from the south accustomed to foraging for themselves. These new birds were placed among their starving cousins, and the newcomers immediately started catching fish. Before long, the hungry pelicans followed suit, and the famine was ended.
My son is 12 and my daughter is 9. Right now, and for a little while longer, we live together as a family. This, then, represents my great opportunity to prepare them for life. Whether we like it or not, our children are soaking up values from us as parents about how to live, how to work, and how to achieve significance. We serve as their most trusted examples for life.”
May you gratefully enjoy your ‘smallness’ today.