I wrote this today after fighting through a morning funk.
It’s HARD to wake up everyday get out of bed and start your morning off healthy. Yes it would be easy for me to turn on the TV, throw a pop tart in the toaster and call it breakfast. Are there days I was to do this? YES!! Are there days I come close, YES!
That’s why I don’t buy pop tarts. ;~)
It’s HARD to shut off the TV and come up with something the family can actively do together. I don’t want to say it’s hard but it is, compared to the mindless act of a family sitting in a room in front of the glow and temptation that energy sucker in the den seduces us with.
It’s HARD to make a home cooked meal almost every night of the week instead of choosing take-out or my favorite food, pizza. Yes, dialing the phone and having 20bucks ready is much easier then planning slightly ahead, dirtying the kitchen and cooking something healthy while entertaining a toddler.
It’s HARD to do what you say you are going to do, isn’t it? How many times in my own life I’ve said a lot of things with good intention but then didn’t follow through. How many in yours? It’s easier to talk a big game then to actually commit to something and perform the required tasks it may take to do that thing you set out to do.
It’s HARD to feel like you are the one keeping the wheel going. To feel as if you don’t continue to make these hard choices the easy ones will begin to slowly take over.
Why don’t I just give in? Why don’t I just take the easy road? Why don’t I just sleep in, run through the drive-thru, keep the TV on, and talk about doing things I’ll never do.
Good questions. Today I think I experienced the answer.
I spent this morning cooking zucchini bread and dancing with my son. But we started off slow, the TV was on, I was on the computer and as the toddler asked for breakfast I realized I was about to take the easy way out.
So I turned off the TV, put on the radio and we cooked together. We danced to fun music, rolled around the living room floor and just had FUN. I even did a somersault, something I haven’t done in 25 years! In the middle of our fun-fest the toddler kissed me and said "I love you mommy", unsolicited.
That, my friends, was all the motivation I needed to make the hard decision again tomorrow.