“Okay, this is the last thing I’m going to do for you and then no more asking, I want to eat in peace afterwards.”, “Not right now, let me finish reading this article in peace and then I will play with you.”, “Let me go to the bathroom in peace, okay?” I’ve noticed myself saying this a lot to my kids lately.
But as I was eating breakfast today and my son kept coming and asking me questions and I was about to sigh and think to myself, ‘I just want to eat in peace.’ I had a thought come to my mind. “What if this chaos became my new peace? I get overwhelmed with the kids wanting my attention all the time and how they never leave me alone and even follow me to the bathroom, but do I really wish they’d stop talking to me and leaving me alone? Isn’t it a good thing that they love me so much that they can never get enough of me? Then since I don’t want my kids to change after all, I can only change my perception. So instead of thinking they’re my constant chaos, I can think they’re my beautiful present. This is my new peace. The peace I have that they’re safe right next to me, we have a close relationship, and they love me so much they always want to be near me. The peace I’ll have for only a short while and it’ll be gone too soon. The peace that I’d do anything to get back for just one more day and wouldn’t trade for any other peace. This will always be my favorite kind of peace.
My previous chaos is now my new found joy and peace.