Last week the unthinkable happened. A young girl in our community climbed into her mother’s truck alone, somehow shifted the gears of the truck and caused the truck to roll down a hill into a tree. The girl was killed on impact.
It is one of those stories that breaks your heart the minute you hear it. As a mom, my first thought was “that poor mom.” My second thought was of my own children. I immediately felt gratitude that I was able to hold them and hug them and love them.
My schedule this summer has been a bit crazy. My children are in camp a few hours a day and they struggle to understand why I’m working when they are home. As a result I haven’t been able to get as much accomplished as I would like. I’ll admit, it’s made me grumpy at times.
But the day I heard about this little girl, things changed. And the days since then have been different as well. Before I heard this story, I was focused more on what I didn’t have – a smooth running household, normal work schedule, etc, etc. But my perspective shifted once I found out this small child died.
The loss of such a precious life and the pain of a mother quickly shifted my focus to what I DO have – healthy children, a happy home, a loving marriage and a business that has the flexibility to move with the ebb and flow of a busy mom’s life.
This new focus brought me happiness. It brought me joy. It filled me back up with the love I’d been letting seep out the cracks of “not enough time.”
I wish I hadn’t needed a tragic loss to remind me that I can always choose my perspective but I did. How about you?
What are you focusing on right now?
Does your perspective serve you? I hope so.