The ONE Thing That Can Change Your Life… Forever

Want to know how to makes sense of the life you have and make the most of it? Life as MOM contributor Prerna offers a surprising perspective.

Want to know how to makes sense of the life you have and make the most of it? Make peace with the season you're in.

I know. Pretty bold and dramatic headline, isn’t it? But trust me, reading through and doing this one thing will change your life, forever.

How do I know?

Because I’ve lived it. Tried it, tested it, fine tuned it and mastered it. What is the one thing?

Making peace with our life’s season.

No earth-shattering, mind blowing, complicated stuff. Simple. Profound. Practical. It works. Every.Single.Time. Make peace with your life’s season.

How Making Peace Can Change Your Life

When you stop struggling against what is and craving for or pining for what could be, life becomes a lot easier, happier, calmer.

Making peace with dirty diapers, endless feeds, middle-of-the-night wakings helps a new mom enjoy the early, snuggle-filled days with her baby.

Making peace with the non-stop questions of a toddler, the messes, the tantrums helps a weary mother savor the sparks of intelligence her little one shows and the sweetness that shines from them.

Making peace with a first grader’s endless “Whys” and desire for independence and yet want your company helps this Mama to relish life with a self-reliant young lady with a mind of her own who loves snuggles, tickle-fests, reading together and board games.

Making peace with our life’s season is one of the best ways I’ve found to get more done without losing my sanity and at the same time, to enjoy what is instead of crave for what should be or regret what could be.

Want to know how to makes sense of the life you have and make the most of it? Make peace with the season you're in.

It is when you stop swimming against the tide and instead, go with the flow.

Is it easy? Not really. But it can be done. Simply by being aware of our life’s seasons. For too soon, the seasons change and I don’t want to look back and wish I’d done things differently. I’m sure, you don’t either.

Making peace doesn’t have to be hugely inconvenient. Consider the simple things:

  • Sneaking in a snuggle or sweet-smelling kisses when you’re waking up for the millionth time to feed the little one.
  • Sleeping in on a Sunday.
  • Letting the dishes stay while you run through the sprinklers with the kiddies.
  • Ignoring the mess on the floor while you admire the puzzle the toddler’s finished independently for the first time.
  • Folding your laundry while you listen to the 6-year old’s rendition of “Let It Go” for the bazillionth time.

For, like I’ve said, all too soon, the seasons will change and the 6-year old may well be the 16-year old who’d find putting up impromptu pop shows a waste of time. So, pull up a seat, sit yourself down and savor what is.

How can YOU start to make peace with your life’s season?

Prerna Malik is a mom, a wife, a writer and woman who believes in parenting with love, being postively productive, and creating a home that invites you to put your feet up and relax. Check out her free eBooks on organizing and productivity to get literally, hundreds of ideas on how to get organized on a shoestring budget, right now.

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Comments

  1. Thank you! I needed this reminder today :-)!

  2. Thank you! What a great reminder this morning as I have to clean my messy kitchen after breakfast again!

  3. Thank you so much for this article! I tend to try to swim against the tide instead of just enjoying where I am at right now. Great reminder for this week.

  4. arienne says:

    I’ve made peace with the daily pain that was plaguing my life!
    I decided that I could lay in the bed and feel sorry for myself, however life would pass me by! I want to Live the life that I was destined to live! Will I be able to return to work? No, the physical part is too much!

    I have made peace with my pain…I do not let it rule me! I get out of bed, put a smile on my face and try to give life my all! Some days are harder then others, I make it through! God gives me strength to do what I can do and gives me the knowledge to know when I can’t & shows me the difference between the two! That is my peace!

  5. Crystal says:

    Oh how I love reading your websites! Good food for the body, good food for the soul! (and the head, and the heart, etc!) This is something I have been trying to focus on for the past 6 months or so. With my three kids(6,4,3) and a recent MS diagnosis, I need to focus on me and my own for a while. That is my season. Instead of being the person in the neighborhood that takes meals to others in need, we are receiving them. Instead of being the one to watch others kids when a need arises, people are stepping up for me. Sometimes it is hard to accept the help, but I have been so blessed by serving others, and now I am seeing the blessings of others serving me, even if I have to humble myself a bit to take it! Thanks for the kind reminders! I cant compare myself with others (and their seasons) or even myself and how things used to be. There is no happiness in that. But there is peace and happiness in the here and now, if we make it.

  6. That is a bold statement, but it is a true statement. Now that I have teenagers, I am learning the truth of embracing the current season. I wish I had known this better as a younger mom, but it’s never too late to learn. Rather than focus on what I can’t change, I will just take this lesson with me into the future. Thanks for the reminder!

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