She was right.
I had my share of students that were easy to compliment. And then I had those students whose gifts were buried a little deeper. It was my job to discover those hidden gems.
The lessons I learned, both as a college student and as a teacher, have served me well as a mom.
Some days, it's so easy to find the good in my children. Other days.... well, not so much.
But a lot of it depends on me.
I can focus on the fact that Ryley has misplaced or cracked a couple of her camera's memory cards and we've had to buy more. Or I can celebrate the fact that she's capturing our family history for generations to come.
I can focus on the fact that no matter how many cute storage containers I buy to hold Reagan's yarn, she's never going to keep it organized like I wish she would. Or I can celebrate the fact that she's using her knitting talents to raise money for children in Guatemala.
I can focus on the fact that Lily is not able to do many of the cute little arts and crafts projects I did with her big sisters when they were younger. Or I can celebrate the fact that she likes to scribble with markers.
So many times, my perspective is what makes the difference in my day.
I can weep, gnash my teeth, and wish things were different. Or I can wipe my eyes, quit bellyaching, get up off my fanny, and start digging for that hidden treasure.
I can feel sorry for myself that I'm still changing Lily's diapers or I can change her, tickle her tummy, and get a big belly laugh.
I can grudgingly pack my daughters' lunches or I can pack a surprise treat or stick in little notes or comics.
I can cook supper and be miserable about it or I can play "Name that Tune" with my girls while working.
I can curse the laundry or I can keep all the money that I find in the washer and dryer and treat myself to a mocha.
"This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it." (Psalm 118:24 NIV)
Even better, The Message says, "let's celebrate and be festive!"
I don't know about you, but I like a party.
So grab a shovel and let's dig for the good stuff.
Then we can do as Kool and the Gang advised: "Celebrate good times, come on!"