The “Easy” Life

My Mom has this quote sitting in front of the kitchen sink. While we were there during the holidays, every time I was cleaning a dish or washing my hands I saw it…and since then this idea has been running circles in my mind.

What if I just acted like everything was easy? Would it be?

I am a huge¬†proponent¬†of the power of thought. It has been one of the only ways I have been able to make it through some of my toughest trials. I do believe you can’t always control your circumstance but you can always control your response to it.

The above photo was from our adventure in New Zealand. It was fun…but we were also sleeping/camping out of a vw van. Two of the days we were without heat in the van AND it happened to snow. I did a fair amount of complaining. I was cold, my baby was warm but had to wear every article of clothing and be covered in three blankets, Grant was cold and trying to navigate, I was miserably cold…did I mention I was cold? I don’t think my complaining¬†necessarily ruined any part of the trip but I do look back and think…”what if I had acted like everything was easy?”. Would I have smiled more and complained less? Instead could I have helped cheer up Grant more and giggle with my baby under her pile of blankets?

For pretty much every situation I face that seems hard, I know it could be a lot worse. Easy isn’t always the best word to describe any given moment but perhaps I could make those moments “easier” by choosing a different mind set.

Being a parent has reminded me of this again and again. I can choose for a lot of things to be a burden or hardship OR I can choose to see certain moments as adventures and blessings.

One thing I do know since thinking more about this “easy” idea is the more I think of it, the easier things are becoming.

What does everyone else think? Anyone want to join me in my quest to find more silver linings?

Tiffany - I am right there with you, I’ve been trying to figure out how to accomplish something like this myself.February 3, 2012 – 4:54 pm

Russell - Thank you. (Now that was easy ;) )February 3, 2012 – 6:02 pm

Brit Mann - I love this. I am determined to print this out somewhere and make it my mantra. Thank you for sharing.February 3, 2012 – 7:56 pm

tim coulson - Word.February 4, 2012 – 2:08 am

jenni bushman - Preach sista. How true this is. Resolved: I will try to take it easy. Hey, maybe that’s what take it easy means. xoxFebruary 4, 2012 – 8:29 am

Senja - I love this – what a great perspective on life. I will pin this and make it a poster. :) Thanks for sharing!!February 4, 2012 – 10:25 am

Sarah Gilbert - Your blog is a feast for the eyes and I enjoy reading your sweet words about Nova. What an especially inspired post today….As a mamma of a 15-month-old, I needed this one. Many thanks from your neighbor on Roxanne :) February 8, 2012 – 2:31 pm

audrey - oh rachel, your posts like this one are always so timely. just what i need.

there’s so much to this quote. on the one hand, you can’t pretend it’s all easy to the point that you miss the hard details or pass over some of the ways that your body/health/relationships/life are trying to get your attention or beg for change.

but on the other hand, i know that i give myself way. too. much. permission to wallow, complain, or put on the pity party filter… and that too can be detrimental.

the power of thought. love it. so much power in a flip of the {attitude} switch. or in a switch of the filter. i have not been giving myself enough power for good. or rather, i have forgetful of how much power i really have. to do good. to be better.

SO. here’s to not just acting like it’s easy, but believing it to the point that the hard stuff really does get lighter, and the happy stuff becomes the only thing we really hang onto. the stuff worth wallowing in ; )February 9, 2012 – 7:10 pm

Nikki - Thank Rach, and yes I am there with you too. I needed to hear this today, and probably every day.February 9, 2012 – 7:20 pm

Leslie - Oh gosh, I wish I were there.February 12, 2012 – 7:23 pm

tracee - amen sista! the power of intention!!!
And just look at that photo, what a “warm” memory:)February 24, 2012 – 2:54 pm

Sunshine - I love this! I’m going to try it and report back. Thank you!!March 27, 2012 – 12:07 am