You may not be able to see it, but there is a whole lot of NO going on in this picture.
No to our regularly scheduled Monday. No to tending to the laundry, no to a clean house (Who am I kidding, I said NO to that a lonnnng time ago.), no to going to the gym, no to my ‘GET ‘ER DONE’ agenda. No to showers and makeup (obviously) and no to filters for that matter, cuz ain’t nobody got time for that.
Lil’ AC is fighting just a wee cold, but it’s enough for us to be mindful to stay home and slow down.
So instead, I am saying YES to a day in our jammies. Yes to lots of stories and snuggles. Yes to doting on my sweet pea. Yes to “playing kitchen”, playing music, putting socks on stuffed sheep, and did I mention the extra snuggles?
I’ve been reading these two books, and I gotta tell ya, I’m getting the message loud and clear. I’m a serial reader and if God wants to get my attention, He puts just the right books in my hot little hands at JUST the right time.
More and more I’m learning how to say YES to being present. I’m saying YES to connecting to those around me, with less distraction, and less expectation. I am fumbling my way to being present in each moment, especially the ones that deviate from my original plan.
You want to know something funny? I had GRAND plans for today. I had made my list and I was EXCITED about the things on it. I was motivated to tackle this day with energy, productivity, and fun.
None of those things, in and of themselves are BAD, but God isn’t letting me get away with this “MY” business anymore.
“You STILL think you have control?” He’s chuckling kindly. “Let’s try this again.”
And again and again and again. Until I get it.
I’m slow, friends. I am REALLY stumbling my way through this journey to living a more present and purpose-filled life. As I type this, I am searching for my checkbook to try to pay some bills during nap time. (Seriously.)
But it’s worth it. It’s SO worth every moment of cuddles and eye contact with my sweet girl. There is NO PLACE I’d rather be than caring for coughs, cleaning up accidents, and listening to my sweetheart put her “babies” to bed.
THIS. This is the YES I don’t want to miss.
And as I listen to the dryer run, I whisper the prayer, “Teach me what to say NO to, Lord, so I can live a life of YES.”