All I Want for Christmas is Ass Sauce
Ace: “Mommy, all I want for Christmas is Ass Sauce.”
Me: “That’s not funny, Ace.”
Ace: “No, Mommy, it IS funny. Actually, it’s REALLY funny.”
Me: “No, it’s NOT funny.”
Is that funny? I guess it is.
When Ace laughs hysterically, it’s hard not to laugh with him.
Except, that is, if I’ve got a million things on my mind, just one of which, is packing all our school books into carry-on suitcases that best not get weighed and I hope I can lift overhead when I take a 6 AM flight in two days with just me and the three boys and hoping that my “incident” at TSA won’t result in my being automatically routed into secondary. Oh, dear Lord, what was I thinking about booking a flight that early?
Things don’t seem funny when we’re stressed. It’s hard to see joy when we’re focusing on pressing immediate issues demanding our attention or when we’re emotionally wound up which tends to happen around the “holidays.”
Time for a gratitude check.
Shifting focus from “immediate pressing” to “big picture thankful” is like restarting a frozen computer.
When I practice shifting perspective I see my “problems” for what they are…. first-world problems. I have a BOY-boy with a merry heart while many are mourning loss. I’m stressing out about where we’re going to stay in Hawaii for three months while MILLIONS of refugees flee from their war-torn homes and plunge into dark, cold, unwelcoming places with no hope of returning to their old lives – ever.
Ah… gratitude. Take a moment in the midst of your personal mayhem and quench your thirst at the deep well of gratitude.
Thank you, God for all that is good. At your feet, Lord, I lay all that is burdensome and welcome your peace into my heart. I pray for your love, mercy, and peace to comfort all those who are in need and sorrowful right now. Open our eyes that we may see all that we have to be grateful for around us at this very moment. Amen.