Hello everyone! Thank you for being here!
Today has been a very busy day! I was inspired by Gabriel, my 5 year old as he was frolicking around today in the snow!
Gabriel, had no school today, so naturally he was traveling around with me and baby brother, Elijah doing customer deliveries and running errands. His endless happiness, and zest for life is contagious and I had to share with you all!
First thing this morning, Gabriel woke up ecstatic, he was over the moon that he was witnessing the very first snowfall in Upstate New York! Of course like most parents, I woke up with both my children in my room! Certainly this is not how I went to bed last night, I am pretty sure I remember tucking everyone in their owns beds…..
Anyway, Gabriel quickly went from being over the moon with excitement to confusion as to where his daddy was, he was convinced it was Saturday! As you can see we had a long discussion on where his daddy was!
After we straightened this out, he went right back to my bedroom window to stare at the snow!
We went through our normal morning routine, getting everyone ready to start the day. I finished up my customer invoicing, and packed the car for deliveries. Of course, we had personal errands for the family to complete as well! But…… naturally we had to do something cozy and fun for a no school/first snow day! This is where the inspiration started for me….
All I had to suggest was that we wore cozy clothes for the day, and went to the local coffee shop for hot cocoa (COFFEE FOR MOM) and donuts! Yes, he started the day with SUGAR, one of the most torturous decisions a mother could EVER make LOL! Today was a fun day! He was thrilled at this idea, and hopped into the car immediately!
What was so beautiful about his innocent, young excitement was…… How many adults would be not only satisfied, but GRATEFUL for 1 simple hour over coffee with their mother? As adults we tend to be satisfied less and less with the simple things life grants us. Are we really unhappy, or have we expected too much? Perhaps if we change our expectations, and be grateful for the moments we have been blessed with, our days would be much happier, and more productive.
It wasn’t the donuts, or the hot cocoa that Gabriel wanted, it was my time. Gabriel was thrilled to make a memory with his mother today, and that was enough for him!
We finished our snacks and went on to our deliveries and errands. We sang Christmas songs as we traveled in the car! Everyone we ran into, Gabriel, said, “Merry Christmas Eve!” Naturally in a 5 year old mind, if it is snowing, it is MOST CERTAINLY CHRISTMAS EVE! He chatted with the greeter at Walmart, about how Santa was soon coming and how he had to be a good boy!
We loaded our groceries, he pointed out everything he wanted on his Christmas list, and of course we had to get wood pellets to warm the house! As he was pointing out EVERY toy in the store that he felt he, “Reeeeeeeally reeeeeeally Needed,” he wasn’t concerned with my saying, “No.” He simply waited a few milliseconds and continued asking….. He tried cutting deals with me on his behavior in exchange for a “Maybe,” an “I’ll think about it,” or a, “Let me talk to Santa about it.” Children have an innate ability to “Close the Deal.” They are experts in resiliency, and persist-ency! How many times did you give up today in your business, or personally?
How many follow up calls, or conversations have you skipped in your business this week, because you felt the customer or lead would say no? How many opportunities did you miss Today alone? How many people walked past you, that you didn’t approach because you were scared they would say no?
Gabriel, complimented a little boy on his “Cool hat” as he walked by him, completely unconcerned as to what the little boy might think of him! When was the last time you paid a stranger a compliment, or started a conversation with someone in the grocery line?! You know that could be your nest highest seller on your team, or your most loyal customer for the next 30 years! Think about that………..
We continued on……….. He “Helped” me load the big bags of pellets one at a time! What a good boy!
We finally made it home, cutting a few errands short, and started unloading the car! As I looked up I witnessed this……
Gabriel, was not disappointed in the weather, it wasn’t “Too cold, too wet, too miserable, not sunny enough, or less than he’d hoped or expected.” Gabriel, went to bed with no expectation for today, so he woke up with no disappointments. He was simply GRATEFUL, for this day, for the cold weather, the snow, and the hot cocoa and donuts with his mama, the little boys hat in the store that made him smile, and so much more. Gabriel was thankful for the moments he had been blessed with from the moment he opened his eyes this morning. Today was more than enough for him!
I also believe our children own up to the names we give them, he truly is, “The Messenger.”
Maybe we should take notes from our children more often…… What great mentors they truly are!
Today I am #Grateful!
Please share your inspirations from your children in the comments! I am eager to hear!