…….For I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
I know both how to be abased, and how to abound; every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
Philippians 4: 11-12
I have never thought of myself as a discontented person by nature, but in my headlong rush to raise super-kids I began to focus on all the things I wasn’t able to do with them. The museums I didn’t take them to, the educational activities I never did, the handmade toys I never made them, the workbook pages we never filled out, the dollhouse I never built, the trips we didn’t take. My question each morning had become “How can I fit in more?”
A visit from a fellow AO mom shook me out of my discontented focus. I had listened with envy as she described their current life, in which extensive traveling and lots of museums featured prominently. But as we watched our children examining a mud-turtle in an aquarium stuffed under a tree, she made a brief comment about how I never needed to worry about fitting Nature Study into my day. With that single innocuous comment she triggered a shift in my focus, and I am learning to embrace the opportunities our life presents rather than fret about the opportunities I don’t have.
There’s a lot of things my children won’t do that I thought should be part of any childhood.
But while it’s wise to be aware of these gaps in their life experience, it’s also wise to be aware of all the things they can do in spite of little effort on my part.
What unique learning opportunities does your life offer? Have you learned to embrace them yet?