1.28.2012

It's a good life

All week I have been thinking about a conversation I had with some family one day when we were leaving Disneyland just a few weeks ago. We had spent all day trying to make precious memories with our kids. It was a wonderful day, but by the end the kids were hungry, tired and grumpy! My little Skylar was especially upset when I told her no more soda for the day and said something to the effect of "this is such a hard day!!"

Seriously?

I was discussing this with my aunt and uncle and they said something that really struck a chord with me. They said, "It's 99% yes all day long, and then 1% no...and thats all they remember!" I remember thinking this was SO true! As we continued to discuss/vent/laugh about how dramatic kids can be I had a very interesting thought.


Isn't it possible (even probable!) that our Heavenly Father may feel the same way in regards to His children?



So often in our lives we focus on the ONE thing in our life that is not going the way we would like.
I will be happy when I can lose the rest of this weight.

I will be happy when we can get into a home.

I will be happy when my kids are all in school.


You get the idea :)


Is it possible, that just like my children, I am guilty of forgetting the 99% "Yes", and dwelling on the 1% "No"? And in reality, often times Heavenly Father's "No's" are really "Not Now's" or "Not this way".


I haven't been able to stop thinking about it. This is a good life. It can be a hard life, but its a life full of love, growth, challenges and mercy. Heavenly Father has given me so much, things that may not seem like much to others, but that add to my 99% "Yes".


I am vowing to live my life with gratitude and realization of that 99%. It doesn't mean the challenges and trials aren't real, and that they are not hard. It simply means trusting in a loving Heavenly Father that knows me better than I know myself. A Heavenly Father that WILL give me that 1% "No"...because He knows it will help me become the woman I need to be. It means trying to live every day concious of the fact that this TRULY is a good life.


I loved this thought so much I made up a little printable I'm going to hang in my loft surrounded by pics of my family. Sometimes we all need this simple reminder :)



Have a wonderful Sunday everyone!

7 comments:

Rachael from LIFESTYLES OF THE CRAZY AND INSANE

You are so right! Thank you for the reminder to focus on the 99% yes.

Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted

Your aunt & uncle are very wise! It's so true about the 99% & the 1%. Thanks for the reminder!

Lisa Kay

I'm not sure why but I love this post! LOL! Thanks for the insight Tonii! It is so easy to be frustrated with that with our kids and not realize that we are often times doing the same thing! I'm going to commit with you to focus and be grateful for the 99%. I've also been thinking about how I need to focus on what my kids are doing well, instead of what they are doing wrong and I think that may be a good way to look at it. I just need to remember to focus on their 99% good behavior and not the 1% bad, even when it feels more like 51/49:) It's still the greater number! LOL! Love ya!

Love Sweet Love

That's about the best thing I've heard/read all year! Seriously, I absolutely LOVE this way of thinking and am so grateful you shared this insight so I can have that reminder to be grateful always and just LOVE life and enjoy every season! That thought reminds me of Elder Uchtdorf's talk to the woman last conference and the 'Golden Ticket' story-so great!

~Conradis~

What a great thought, thanks for that Reminder you are wonderful!

Rachel@I Heart Crafty Things

So true! I've never thought of it like that before. I love your perspective. Thanks for the reminder to concentrate on the 99%. I needed this today. :)

Jamy

Totally felt the spirit when I read this! Love it. It really IS a good life! Honestly that was one of the first things that really sucked me into your blog was your quote at the top "lookin for the good in every day..." I just love that and try to do the same!