I really wanted to create something that I can look back on and reflect on, something that other people could get something out of and I have been thinking about what that could be for some time. It hit me while I had been in deep thinking mode about the past year and at that particular time my current mood and it hit me. Something that comes to me often when I feel like that. It was to find the good. So, welcome to the first series of #findthegoodness. I often have moments at different points of the year that I reflect on the time that has passed and what has happened and changed in our lives. Often when time has passed it is easy to get disheartened by life passing by or moments that may never happen again. Sometimes for some, it can be hard to pick up and keep going. Sometimes it isn’t about a long period of time but just a week or a day where we feel down or disheartened by something or someone. We all have so much going on in our lives, mostly good but life can be a struggle for many in so many ways. Over the years when I get down about certain times or things happening or if I get consumed by the hectic schedule our family has I stop and know that on a daily basis I can always find something good that has happened. Or I may have seen a moment that was good.
So I have decided that each month I am going to reflect back on some of the smaller things that I have taken the time to appreciate and watch or think about because I truly believe that when you fill your heart with lots of wonderful small things it can often make the hurt or sadness a bit better. You sometimes have to look a little harder but you can always find something, even in a crack.
So this month was the end of a fantastic 8 week summer holiday where although we went back to work we didn’t have the structure of the school routine or after school sport and everyone was just far more relaxed. I do always get a bit sad as this time comes to an end and the kids end up back at school and seem more distant from us. I also get very reflective because the kids are growing up, making new social circles and finding their way in the world. They are thinking for themselves more and more and coming to their own conclusions about life and who they want to be. But there are certain things that stood out for me this month in #findthegood
- Pebble Hunting. This month we ventured down to Thredbo. You can read all about my review on what a great holiday destination this is for kids this month. Several afternoons after the kids had done loads of activities we went down to the stream. The water was so crisp and cool from being in the mountains and the creek bed is full of beautiful stones and rocks. We spent over an hour looking at all the different rocks and their patterns and colours. We also loved watching how the water flowed over all the different rocks. Some of the rocks had changed shape due to the water washing over them. The ones we collected certainly made the bag heavier but a beautiful moment in nature with my kids was very special.
- The arm on Arm. Another moment, while we were away, was during the night. My boy and girl get along most of the time, but they have their moments and can really fight if they want to. My eldest is a boy and sometimes giving cuddles to his sister isn’t really something he wants to do. He can show emotion but he definitely tries to hide it more than she does and a kiss can be quick, or a hug is just a quick pat on the back. I always check on the kids before bed and while we were on holidays they shared a king sized bed. The beauty was when I came in to check on them and there they were. Her arms were stretched out and there was his arm stretched out over the top of her arm holding it gently. In between all the hectic and screaming matches is a brother/sister love that I hope lasts forever. It was beautiful and I just wanted to stay in that moment for a little while and cherish it. I try to keep that image in my mind.
- Flower in the crack. One of the main reasons I chose a flower in the crack to be the main picture for this series was because that is how it all started. I was jogging down one of my usual routes and feeling particularly unmotivated that afternoon. I was jogging past the usual houses and not feeling that great about the effort I was putting in. Along the nature strip was this one yellow flower sticking out. It wasn’t damaged and it was bright and beautiful. It is easy to get caught up in all the negative if we want to but here on a nature strip not getting water or any care at all was a beautiful and perfect flower. I immediately realised that sometimes we do need to just look outside the box and see that beauty can be found everywhere, just sometimes we have to open our eyes a little more and look a little harder.
What did you find that was beautiful this month? I would love for you to share your #findthegoodness moments by using the hashtag on Instagram or comment below and tell me about the little but amazing things you have discovered this week!
Whoever said the small things don’t matter has never seen a match start a wildfire. – Beau Taplin