We have two puppies that arrived yesterday, and today I understand things. I have never been blessed with children of my own, so my experience with babies is rather limited to an Aunt’s perspective. After only twenty-four hours of canine babies in our house I understand why people who have children lead the lives they do. I get it why toys are all over the house, why there are stains on everything, why the parents always look tired and rarely have a chance to groom, and why their attitude shifts. Babies have a way of shaving off your sharp edges. They help you focus on what is truly important.
As I woke up for our 4am potty trip I was able to empathize with all the people who I know that have had children. I was living the saying about walking a mile in someone else’s shoes. Suddenly their shoes were my shoes and they fit perfectly. I am experiencing first hand what it means to raise babies, and I have only been doing it for a day.
Sometimes that is all it takes, a day of looking at life from a different perspective, someone else’s perspective. This time of year we hunt for the perfect gift to give those we love. We send cards, we received cards, we decorate, we cook and clean to help celebrate Christmas. For me it took two puppies to remind me that everyone has different things going on in their own world that are more important than keeping up appearances, keeping up with the Jones’, keeping things up to snuff with what other people expect. It is especially important this time of the year to focus on what is important to you and nothing else really matters. The gifts and cards and decorations are wonderful, but in the grand scheme of things are not really important.
Be reminded today of what is important to you. Your children, your family, your health and your warm place to lay your head. Who cares if there are toys on the floor, stains or messes yet to clean up. Your personal grooming habits will change over time and your attitude simply needs to reflect what is most important to you.