Friday, January 4, 2013

Sweetness


I found this today after I ordered a bed to be made.  I am so glad I noticed this little tenderness-a teddy bear gently covered up, tucked in and peeking out.  Sometimes with all the hustle and bustle of the household I know I overlook these things- things like little acts of kindness I don't see, or hear.  Its easy to let the negative stuff get more attention-the job undone, the snippy remark, the unkind criticism, the toothpaste all over the counter.

But I learn this lesson again and again and again-noticing the good stuff gets me SO much farther.

Instead of scolding, praising.
Instead of harping, smiling.
Instead of being agitated, being grateful.
Instead of an angry tone, a gentle word.

23 comments:

Ruth said...

Oh how this spoke to me! This is my New Years goal!!

Tiffany said...

I love you, Sarah. You have no idea who I am but I adore your blog and look up to you so much as a mother. I wish I could come sit in your kitchen and glean from your wisdom. That bottom part...new goals for me. Thank you!

Pam said...

happy new year my friend! xo

.....Elizabeth..... Polka Dot Skies said...

Love this!

{cindy} said...

beautiful sarah and so very, very true!
have a happy day

Marcia said...

How beautifully said. Saint Francis' inspiration applied to daily living.

knit one, knit two said...

A wonderful gentle reminder. Thanks.

hersplitends.com said...

OH that makes me smile so much! What a sweet soul your little one has.

Joy
~ Jillian
www.hersplitends.com

Louise said...

How utterly adorable. I think we all need this reminder. Thank you!

jeana said...

Absolutely love it.

Lindsay said...

I need this today, big time. Thank you!

Becky @ Our Sweet Peas said...

Very cute and it reminds me of a book recommendation if you haven't already read it. 1000 gifts. Very good!

Carrie @ Cosy Carolina Interiors said...

Doesn't that just melt your heart?! I love those moments. :)

AndeM1 said...

I needed to read this....thank you

Haunani Thunell said...

Beautiful...thank you for sharing all the little things.

Lynette said...

Needed to read this today. Thank you!

The Every Day Extraordinary said...

Simple sweetness in the simplest moments. Love.

Happy Annie said...

I loved this post. Thank you, Sarah.

Vicki @ lifeinmyemptynest said...

Sweet post that I needed today. I just discovered your blog and look forward to reading along :-)

Magnolia Verandah said...

So obvious really but sometimes so hard to do.

Erin said...

I feel the same way as the person above...you are much too young to be my mother, but I look up to you in the same way. My mother died when I was in college and how I wish she was here to help me with the challenges of raising young children...your blog has been such a huge encouragement to me and your message of constant kindness to others and especially our children and spouses constantly encourages me..thank you! Your blog means so much more to the people that read it than you know :) ps...more pics of precious Janey, please!

Cath said...

Must paste those last four lines onto my forehead. So beautiful. So true. xoxo

Charlotte said...

Kids artwork is my favorite thing to decorate with :) I have several that I hang every year as well <3