Silver Linings

The recent global economic downturn has affected many around the world in different ways. Some have been required to take on more responsibility at work. Some have lost their jobs. Many have experienced pay reductions or have been forced to find work outside their field, for many, resulting in lower pay and less freedom.

In spite of the uncertain economy, or perhaps because of it, it is important to remind yourself of the good things in your life. What do I mean? I’m referring to the priceless things that money can’t buy, like the love of a close-knit family that sticks together through the good times and the bad.

June is Children’s Awareness Month. Why not use this month as an excuse to “leave your troubles at the door” and make it a top priority to spend time with the little ones in your life. Treasure your time at home with your children. Good parenting has never been an easy task but it becomes especially difficult when dealing with the unavoidable, often unexpected, stresses that life brings your way.

I’ll leave you with a quote from Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. Let it inspire you to be thankful for what you do have instead of yearning for what you don’t.

“Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will be delightful, old age will bring few regrets, and life become a beautiful success, in spite of poverty.”

~ One of the many little lessons Marmee instilled in the girls~