Our pastor's wife Susan spoke this weekend at church and gave a great message on "What are you living for?". The whole message was fantastic, but there was one thing that stuck with me and I haven't been able to get it out of my head since I heard it.
Susan talked about the "someday syndrome." 'Someday when I just get more money.' 'Someday when I get a break from the kids.' 'Someday when I get a new car.' Someday when I make friends.'
There are so many 'somedays' that I feel like we could get totally overwhelmed with that. Completely consumed with the 'someday' that we completely miss the 'today.'
I have to confess that I completely suffer from the someday syndrome, ESPECIALLY when it comes to the kids. I believe that my kids are at the age where I don't want to miss a thing because they are growing up way too fast and before I know it they are going to be teenagers, but at the same time I am ready for this stage to pass. Ashlee is already in the "terrible twos." Jayme is learning where her attitude can and can't get her. Having a 3 and almost 2 year old in the house definitely makes from many 'someday' days.
I have been thinking about things with my kids that I put a 'someday' label on and I want to counteract those labels so I can be in 'today' with my kids. So here they are:
Someday Ashlee won't want me to hold her all the time - In a matter of months or just a year Ashlee will not want me to hold her or rock her at all. Enjoy the snuggles now.
Someday Jayme will not want me to look at every single thing she does - Soon enough she will be hiding things from me in her room. Watch her discover her new talents.
Someday the house will be quite and I can think straight for a minute - The house will be quite because the girls won't want to talk to you, only to their friends. Let it be loud.
Someday Alan and I will have the house to ourselves if only for a few hours - In a blink of an eye the girls will be itching to get out of this house and go off to college. Spend as much time as you can with them.
These are all very eye opening to me and make me really realize how much I need to be in 'today' with my kiddos. I really don't want to miss anything. That is one of the main reasons I don't want to go back to work. I don't want to miss the look on their eyes when they discover something new or the excitement they get when I let them get a treat when we are out running errands.
Do you have the "Someday Syndrome?"