Driving home from church, a thought came to me. If I find the peace within me, I can handle the chaos around me. As a mom, I'm always trying to keep the peace within my house. My mother used to tell us that all she ever wanted for birthdays or Mother's Day was peace. As a kid, I didn't understand what she meant. Now I found myself repeating my mom's wise request to my own kids. With a houseful of boisterous, energetic kids, I truly value all the riches of a peaceful day. But kids are not monks. Kids need to shake things up and share their energy. So I know that a quiet, serene home is not in the cards. That kind of home would not be my kind of place anyway. I love a lively home. Although, it would be great if I had less wrestling matches to break up during my day : )
With God's help, I will work on finding the peace within. Hopefully, this nurturing of a peaceful attitude will guide my actions and decisions as a mother. I know I'll have plenty of mommy ranting moments. Usually, one of my boys will have some bright idea about doing some impossible physical stunt. That's when crazy mommy will come out with the never ending lectures. My sometimes fiery Irish temper is a part of me that can't be extinguished overnight. Maybe I can bring a little more peace to my household each time I make a conscious effort to approach a situation with a peaceful perspective.
Probably easier said than done : ) It is worth a shot.
Wishing you peace in your life.