Welcome to my first ‘Sunday Series’ post.
I am not sure how “well received” this series of posts will be, as it is an entirely different approach to my usual “Bella In Bindyland” style of writing. To be honest it is a little daunting posting this type of material…
While I wrote at “Bella In Bindyland” I briefly touched on my faith and mentioned it a little more regularly after I was pregnant – but it wasn’t something I always openly spoke about.
I had an idea this morning, that each Sunday or maybe every other Sunday that I would write a post about my week, an event or something that was on my mind – just something that I was dealing with or had dealt with and refer it back to how I used my faith to deal with it or a verse that I found comfort in… Maybe? Or this maybe the only one I write – let me know what you think, comment below…
To kick of this Sunday series, lets talk about my morning today (I am writing this on Saturday afternoon)
I woke up early – like inhumanely early.
I’m talking, 4:30am early. That is not my ideal wake up time. Heck, I will wake up 5am gladly – I almost like waking up at that time as I find I get a lot done early in the morning but I like that extra 1/2 hour of sleep (or preferably another hour or 2!), but today I woke up at that dreadful hour, with a horrendous headache that I had since the night before and my daughter leaning on top of me smiling down at me saying “Mumma, Mumma” while she tried to get into my nightie for “boobie” (yes, still breastfeeding – slowly working on weaning). So as I laid her down and fed her I drifted off to sleep & then I heard Trent’s alarm beeping, I swear this was like 2 minutes later – then I realised, gosh I had woken up before Trent!
He got out of bed and ready for work and as LuLu sleepily stopped feeding I rolled her over and snuggled her – but then she sprung up, she was awake and full of energy and she wanted to play!! I tried laying her down saying “Bubbas tired…” & patting her & normally that works perfectly – some mornings she will fall back to sleep with me until 6 or 7am. But nope, not this morning. In her mind it was time for us to be up – Trent even attempted to get her back to sleep for a little while, but our girl was wide awake…
So after Trent left I crawled out of bed, head pounding and I made my way to the kitchen, it then dawned on me that I hadn’t started the dishwasher last night – argh, I hate dirty dishes and leaving them over night in a dishwasher – well, yuck! It stinks and is gross. This just seemed like a never ending bad morning that was dragging on from a bad evening last night.
*Rewind* Yesterday evening I stupidly forgot that cream was a crucial ingredient in making a quiche – so after being out all day I didn’t even think to buy the cream that I would need to make dinner, it didn’t even dawn on me – and I use the same recipe almost once a fortnight to make dinner, I felt so stupid and I was fairly annoyed at myself. (we had omelette instead for dinner!)
Anyway, as I went back to the bathroom to rewash my face, I looked in the mirror while wiping away the water and I thought – I can quickly wipe away the water on my face to make it dry – I can quickly erase the negative thoughts of this morning and replace them with some good thoughts & make this day better. I was in control of how my day was to be. These negative thoughts and negative way of viewing everything was not good enough.
So I picked up LuLu and we walked around the house opening the windows as we always do, letting the cool morning air in. We admired the sun rising and how peaceful and lovely everything is in the early hours of the day.
As I changed her nappy and put her in clothes for the day, I thought to myself what a truly blessed life I live. I turned every reason for my “bad” morning into a reason for a “good” day. My daughter waking me up at 4:30am is not a bad reason at all, I have my daughter. I prayed for years for her and now I have her, she is the light of our lives and such a joy to us she is never a bad reason. Forgetting to start the dishwasher – wow, first world problem much Bindy? I am thankful I finally have a dishwasher, Trent and I didn’t have a one until we bought our new home recently because our last house was a very old one that had no space for a dishwasher. So I am lucky to have a dishwasher & it is one of the best ones on the market so I am extremely lucky, thank the Lord I no longer have to hand wash dishes. And just to make sure I was really thinking of how truly blessed I am, I reminded myself I have running water and electricity to allow the dishwasher to work!
As I walked out of LuLu’s room and went about making our breakfasts I knew my day was going to be better, I felt more positive and more awake.
Our lives are wonderful, we are rich in blessings and I had no excuse to be miserable over such silly & honestly such trivial reasons. I said thank you to our Lord for so generously blessing Trent and I in our lives and asked that He help me continue to have such a positive way of thinking for the rest of the day.
My day was great, I had loads of energy and LuLu patiently played while I did 2 loads of laundry, she helped me polish the wooden furniture and then quietly followed me around while I vacuumed the house. She had a very long morning nap, so I was able to do some more jobs, read, catch up on social media & just relax a little. After lunch I mowed the lawn while LuLu played outside with the dogs & then we had a nice swim together and then she had another nap. It was a pretty great day and I got lots done!
But that didn’t mean things didn’t go wrong either today. I went to the store for dog shampoo & fruit, I forgot the dog shampoo. When I mowed the lawn I accidentally hit a rock and it shot out the back and stung me in the top of my thigh – & holy crap it still hurts like crazy! But those issues didn’t define my day, I could’ve been super negative about both of those occurrences but I chose not to.
I find if I stick with a positive mind set and remain grateful for what I have, my day just goes better, my attitude is more pleasant, things just seem to go my way & I deal with everyday issues a lot better.
I chose to thank God for my day regularly, just little prayers said in my mind – they keep me searching for the good in my day & help me to remember how fortunate I am & I also ask Him to help me if I am struggling with a tough moment or I am feeling negative.
But you don’t have to believe in God or even be religious to have this mind set. I know how easy it is to slip into a cranky & negative state of mind and hate the world and be super critical & negative – Lord knows I can be in a very bad mood sometimes, don’t think I am trying to portray myself as Sally Sunshine because no one is happy 24/7, but I am determined to be a better person, because my attitude controls the attitude of my household.
If I am happy & pleasant I find my home is more calm & joyful. If I am cranky & negative, well it can be fairly stressful & tense here at times.
So give it go, honestly – you can leave God out of the equation and just change the way you think. If you wake up and feel negative, list 10 things in your life that make you blessed. Even if nothing in your life is going the way you want it to right at this very moment, you are still privileged. Don’t be shallow, look deep into how fortunate your life is. If you are reading this, you have internet connection – there, that is one thing to be thankful for.
But I truly believe our minds shape how our day will be – even how our lives will be. So be positive. I encourage you to go about your life with a joyful heart!
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