The first part of the book calls us to make a resolution to be content. Content with who we are right now, warts and all. Content with our circumstances. Content with our status, be it related to family, finances, career, age or all of the above. In the first chapter, "Every Bite Counts", Ms. Shirer speaks about how, right before her 36th birthday, she realized she had been rushing from one milestone in her life to the next she thought she was expected to achieve, without really stopping to enjoy life at any particular moment.
That's when it hit me that for most of my adult life, I have done the exact same thing. I rushed to get married at the tender age of 21. 3 months after I said I do, I was pregnant with my first child. 5 months after the birth of my beautiful little girl, I discovered I was pregnant with my little man. When he was only 2 years old, I became a single mother. When I look back now, I can barely remember my children being toddlers. Not just because I have a terrible memory, but because I was in a rush. Life as a single mother to 2 young children while working a full-time job and living thousands of miles away from my family was tough, even though my kids were amazingly well-behaved. We were constantly on the go and I was always exhausted. I would find myself wishing they were older, more independent and able to help me to help them a little more...as well as sleep through the night!
Well now that they are a little more independent, I catch myself looking back on their younger years thinking "where did the years go??" The simple answer? I wished them away. I was so busy looking ahead to a time in my life and theirs when I thought things would be so much easier, I didn't take the time to enjoy them as the beautiful little babies they were. So if you are a single parent or in some other stage of your life that has caused you to become discontent, I encourage you to take a second and really consider the many blessings in your life. From waking up this morning healthy enough to get out of bed to having enough money in the bank to keep the debt collectors away...these are all reasons to be content with your life as it is right now.
Personally, I'm choosing to savor every single moment I spend with my children from now on. From J's incessant question asking, to the randomness of almost everything K says...I will never take any moment for granted any more because we all know how fast time flies. I don't want to wake up 10 years from now to an empty nest and no memories of the way things were. As for the years that have already passed by, thank God I took a lot of pictures! Weren't they adorable??!