“Keep it simple and focus on what matters. Don’t let yourself be overwhelmed” – Confucius
The above statement is so true. I believe that I am the most guilty of the second sentence. I get overwhelmed all the time. When I am at loose ends, I get overwhelmed by trying to decide what I should accomplish. There are so many things in my head that I want to do, need to do, or have to do, that it is easy to get sidetracked by “stuff” and to get so overwhelmed that we end up doing “nothing”. I always feel like I need to accomplish “something”, even something small. I feel like I have wasted the day if something important is not accomplished. Why? I don’t know. Then I look at my grandkids – especially when they were smaller – and see that their greatest accomplishment of the day is being happy! That’s fabulous. We need more happiness.
This week is Halloween week and I am excited that I will get to go with the younger ones to trick or treat (weather permitting of course). They get such joy out of dressing up and walking for blocks just to fill up their plastic pumpkin with candy.
In advance of Halloween, Ryan’s group from school went to a local pumpkin patch to feed baby goats and play in the hay fields. While I didn’t get to go, I know Ryan had a blast as I received several pictures from his dad and his nurse. It was probably best that his dad went on this field trip, as I believe it was hard to push his chair on the gravel walkways.
So, remember when you are feeling overwhelmed, think happy thoughts – whether it is about your kids or grandkids. They find pleasure in the smallest of things and focus on what is important for them – having fun!
I hope you enjoy Ryan’s story.
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