Wednesday, July 11, 2012
We are 7 days and counting until we move into our new house. When we moved to Kansas a year ago, we rented a home at the edge of the city. It has been a nice area to live, and driving across the lake to go home each day is a pleasant experience. But we are excited to be moving into a home on an acre lot across town. That will be ours.
It is a one-owner, 32 year old home. It is has been loved and well-maintained. However, it is like walking into 1979, also. Dated is an understatement. Not to mention, there is a very strong smell of – you guessed it – moth balls. I am down-right giddy about settling into our out-dated-moth-ball-smelling house. It is going to be wonderful. A big, long project. But wonderful. Pictures will be coming in the future.
But all that to say, I am going crazy here. There are boxes stacked higher than I can reach, and it feels like we are camping because I have packed so much already. There are no less than 7 appointments this week, and about 10 calls I have to make regarding the move. And….AND….my precious little ankle-biters are driving me insane. I won’t dwell on that last part. But I feel like a bad reality show is being filmed in my house.
I know this negative-overwhelmed-attitude is a temporary feeling. I tell myself that about 20 times a day. Goodness. It is hard sometimes, to remember things really are NOT bad when you are in the trenches, buried in boxes, kids toys strewn about, and hauling them from here to there. Not to mention their marathon of bickering going on.
In an effort to salvage my negative attitude, I listened to Zig Ziglar while I was packing my bedroom. He talked about changing our thoughts and words from “have to” to “get to” when we are referring to our commitments.
I get to pack for my new home. I get to take care of my kids during their summer break. I get to take my kids places and see them enjoy their summer. I get to….
Zig is right. That small shift in wording can make a huge difference in one’s attitude. I still need a lot of practice. Some days, more than others. But why does it have to be so stinkin’ hard some days? Sigh. Despite feeling crummy the past couple of days, I know – KNOW - I am deeply blessed. God has certainly been better to me than I deserve. Feels like GRACE to me.
Do you ever struggle with a negative attitude? What do you do?