Don’t forget that stress and complaining are choices. Complaining is a form of denying reality*. It also makes you sound like a victim. You don’t want that, do you?
Below are my drawings for today. They are incomplete. I helped my daughter learn how to drive today. Someone honked at her loudly as she paused at the red light, uncertain if she should go or not. She got stressed. And then we went out to help her buy her boyfriend a birthday gift. She worried it wasn’t enough. I assured her that her thoughtfulness in choosing the gifts was what really counted.
I am now at my other daughter’s high school concert. When all is said and done, I will have been here with her for six hours. I didn’t get to complete my drawing or get my workout in or get any holiday shopping done. Oh well. But I did get to have a wonderful lunch with her between two concerts and talk about everything she wanted to share with me. We ate and talked and ate and talked and then we had enough time to buy makeup from Target before going back for her final performance.
It’s all good. I’m grateful I can do these things – be completely present for each of my daughters…and be completely present while I draw my funny-looking lizards.
We just had the BEST Christmas ever! The entire Chung clan got together for four days of bonding: Grandparents Chungs, The Chung-Wipffs (Caroline, Willey, Josie, Ava & Maggie), The Vedatis (Krishna, JoAnne, Abhi & Vara),and The John Chungs (John, Anne & Jaelyn). A delicious Christmas dinner with everyone in attendance followed a frenzied present opening (mostly by children). The grandparents were extremely proud of the five children who are growing at breakneck speeds!