Veteran – Keeping things in BALANCE

Life as a mother is a wonderful privilege.  It definitely seems to have its ups and downs though.  It goes from ORDER to CHAOS far too quickly sometimes.  But it’s comforting to know that it is on a cycle.  ORDER will come again just as sure as CHAOS will show its messy face.

A women dear to my heart gave me great advice when I asked her how to keep my life in balance.  She said:  “Stand up and put both feet on the ground…NOW- walk forward.”  As I began walking forward she told me to stop as soon as I had lifted one foot in the air.  “See” she said  “You are off balance.  When you move forward, you shift from one foot to another…off balance to balance, back to off balance again.  There is no such thing as constant BALANCE when you are moving forward in life.  You can’t steer a parked car” she said.  “You need to always be moving forward.  BUT…remember, there will be times when there isn’t BALANCE…when there is CHAOS….just do your best to keep moving.”  And I would like to add to her wonderful advice…  AND DO YOUR BEST TO NOT FALL OVER!

We all have times in our lives when we feel like we are falling over.  The responsibility of children seems to help in this stumbling effect.  But children also seem to help keep me walking.  I want my children to walk forward with me- and I know to do this an important element is their HEALTH.

Today my daughter asked me why we don’t eat pepperoni.  I told her frankly that it causes DISEASE.  My sweet and intelligent little girl said, “Thanks Mom!  My body doesn’t like that stuff anyways.”

I find so much JOY in feeding my children real FOODS that promote real HEALTH.  Even though life sometimes is CRAZY and off balance- and I struggle with the effort it takes in preparing meals…I can’t deny the feeling I have when my children EAT TO LIVE.  I am teaching my children that the DIET they are eating RIGHT NOW…in their YOUTH, will determine largely diseases they can have as adults. (Disease-Proof your Child, Joel Fuhrman, M.D.)

I am not perfect…I actually have been stumbling a lot recently- but it’s time for some ORDER in Veteran Mommy’s household.  Wish me luck!

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
Sir Winston Churchill


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