Friday, April 18, 2008

The wisdom in a cookie.........

Chet and I took the kids out for dinner to Pei Wei the other night. When it comes to the fortune cookies it is a free for all, and so my kids grabbed about 57 before I could stop them. Usually I find the little fortunes some what comical and not very original... like- "You will have a good day today!" or "You will eat dinner tonight" So, while my kids didn't get very good fortunes - I DID! Not really a fortune, more like words of wisdom:)

"Doing what you like is freedom.
Liking what you do is happiness."

At first I was like, huh? I don't get it while scratching my head. (Yes, I have my moments) :) I read it again- and it hit me!! How true is this little bit of wisdom! So, today- I'm going to like what I do as a mom, I'm going to like doing the dishes, and like doing the laundry and like doing everything else that seems to become mundane after a while! I've always wanted to be a stay at home mom- so yes- that is freedom:) - Now I need to remind myself that I can like the routine things and that is happiness!

This reminds me of the book "The Present" by Spencer Johnson. Very good and quick read, if you are ever looking!

What is your freedom and your happiness?


Gretchen said...

I posted about neglecting my soul a few days back. I get so caught up in work and getting stuff done that I forget about what's really important. I need to take time for me and to feed my soul. I also need to take time to be happy in what I do. Sometimes my job drives me nuts, but if I take a minute and change my perspective, I can find happiness in it. I'm trying to do that more now.

jenny said...

It gets hard to be joyful in times of heightened stress. I am natuarally a pretty negative person, and I have to write down bible verses on index cards and stick them (literally tape them to the wall) in places where I sit or stand for good lengths of time. God is my freedom and my happiness comes from Him. I spent many years worrying about why I didn't have this or when this or that would happen and struggling to make things happen on my own. When I finally surrendered and let God use me in His way, I have found more happiness than I ever dreamed and the strangest thing is that I am now more content with the things that I have and my goals and desires are completely different than they used to be. When I stopped focusing on myself and all of the negatives and started putting my focus on God and asking him how He could use me to help others, it gave Him time to work in me!