Perspective Changes and Making Do

Did you have big plans this summer that are now scrapped, thanks to travel restrictions and a general concern over your well-being? You’re not alone.

Across the globe, we’re all making concessions and changing up our summer plans to take into account what’s going on in the world today. Some of us are looking forward to late fall and winter and arranging travel plans for then.

But while it helps us to be able to look ahead, what we really want is to make things happen now.

I’ve found that this requires a certain change of perspective. We need to look at life a little differently so we can stay in the right mindset.

Tripit has been a favorite app of mine because it helped me to organize upcoming travel for myself and family members. Right now, it’s empty. There’s nothing there for at least six months.

And while sports practices are starting back up, there are new rules for watching the kids play. Only one spectator per player can watch. Not ideal but at least one of us can see Lucy play.

That means that the things I’m looking forward to have to look a little different.

  • I’m celebrating more the day to day. The delicious meal, the game night with the family, the beautiful weather, the clean kitchen sink when I wake up in the morning.
  • We invested in some new patio furniture and we were eating outside as much as we could. Now the weather is getting a bit too hot for that, but I can still enjoy a quiet morning in the yard with Jeff.
  • I’ve been looking forward to walks with the dog each day to get out of the house and wave at neighbors.
  • We’ve been doing some housework and cleaning up the garage. Getting more organized is always so satisfying and it feels good to donate unused items to Goodwill. We’ve all been getting in on this action!

I know things don’t feel great right now, but if you shift the perspective a bit I think you’ll find that there’s so much to celebrate and so much to look forward to. The big vacation plans may just be a little further off than you wanted.

I am a 44-year old married mom of 4. I love my family. If you’re a mom, then you know kids and a spouse keep you busy. It’s easy to forget yourself in the process of taking care of your family. My mission is to help other moms take care of themselves so they can be more available to their loved ones and lead more fulfilling lives.

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