Tuesday, August 26, 2008

What Makes You Happy?

I have been on a happiness theme as of late and today is no different. Today's post is a bit of a challenge then a short story....first the challenge. Sit down beside your children, wife, husband, family, etc, and ask them this simple question.

Now for the story: Since Colt was born we worried that Caden, our middle child, would really begin to act out. To our surprise it has been our oldest child Kaitlyn that has been struggling for attention. So I after we said prayers I snuggled in her bed and asked her the question that I challenged each of you to ask. "Kaitlyn, what makes you happy?"

To be honest with you I had no idea of what she would come up with, especially with her acting out as of late. Here is a sampling of the results:
  • When mommy comes to Mother's Day tea with me
  • When it is Father's Day and I make hand prints for you
  • When we go to Grandads house
  • My baby Colton
  • When we ride the 4 wheeler
What I loved about her responses is that they were so sweet......but most of all THEY WERE ALL ABOUT FAMILY! Not one of her responses were my toys, my things, etc. They were about our family. Even with her reaching out to gain our attention, she still loved the idea of her family.

I need to learn a lesson from that. I sometimes base my happiness on I or ME. This is just a lesson that I can learn from a 5 year old. So sit down today, tonight, or tomorrow and ask your crew....WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY? We all might learn a lesson.

PS.....Stephanie is amazing...I don't know how she stays home with three kids and keeps her sanity...WOW!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks Tucker, just what I needed to hear today. I am going home this eveining and asking my family that very question.Have a great day.