Lately, I've been realizing that so many of the stress-ers I experience every day aren't external. Instead, they spring from within, from the expectations and sometimes impossible standards I set for myself.
Oh, there are certain things that must be done. A grant application must be filed by the end of the week and the school field trip group will arrive tomorrow morning - ready or not.
But will we die if I don't have time to bake bread or make marinara sauce and instead have to pick up the store-bought versions? I think not. Nor will it bust the budget if I have to do so.
If I don't get around to canning asparagus pickles or rhubarb sauce like I wanted? We'll probably survive that just fine too.
And just because the seedlings always get planted over Memorial Day weekend, doesn't mean they can't wait a day or two more in their little trays until the deluge of an entire week of rain has subsided.
So tonight, instead of worrying about the commentary that didn't get written, the work supplies that didn't get ordered, or pesto that didn't get made, I'm choosing to be grateful. Grateful that rather than do any of things I thought I should be doing and took a paddle down the lake with Andy to experience spring in full bloom. Grateful to have beauty surrounding me every day, if I only remember to see it.
Are you keeping your gratitude higher than your expectations these days?