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Lessons from the playground: Choose to bloom where you’re planted!

The children begged if we could go to the park early one morning last week. I said that we could once our chores, homeschool and naps were finished for the day.

They were so excited and kept talking about it all morning and afternoon and asking when we could go.

We finally finished up all the necessary things for the day and I loaded them up into the wagon and we took off for a nearby park. All the way over, they were completely stoked about going to the park and could hardly contain their excitement.

As soon as we got to the park, though, I noticed that they had trouble enjoying one piece of playground equipment because another nearby was calling their name. They’d go over and start playing on that and then they’d see another. And so it went.

They weren’t complaining and they definitely did have fun (as evidenced by the pictures above), but their fun was hampered. They were doing exactly what they’d looked forward to all day, but they couldn’t completely enjoy it because they were distracted by other parts of the playground which looked more exciting.

As I observed my children go from one piece of playground equipment to the next, I thought about what a picture this was of us adults. We can miss out on so much in life because instead of being content where we are, we’re always thinking the grass looks greener on the other side. Instead of just soaking up all the blessings of today, we’re wasting time wishing we were somewhere else.

I’ve learned something over the last few years: no matter where you are, you can find plenty of difficult things to complain about or you can find many wonderful blessings to be thankful for. It’s all a matter of perspective.

Choose to bloom where you’re planted, to make the most of the resources and opportunities you have today and your life will be so much more rich and fulfilling — no matter your income level or financial situation.

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  • says:

    At the risk of seeming as though I missed the whole point of your post, how can it be that your son has grown so much?? The time passes too quickly…which is really another way of agreeing with your post & thanking God for the blessings of the moment!

  • Wendy says:

    Thank you, its clear that God has blessed you with an amazing gift.

  • Kara says:

    I have to remind myself of this every now and again. It comes from watching my son play.
    I do a lot of volunteering for the military. The group that I volunteer with that is the moto of one of the sections in the workshop I teach. The section is about planting down roots, even if your going to be somewhere for only 3mos. It makes that short so much more enjoyable.
    Thank Crystal for the pictures and the post. I am reading this just before I head out the door to go to drop my son off at daycare and go to school.

  • Kelly says:

    Thank you–it is easy to forget that!

  • says:

    THank you, thank you for this post! I have missed your more “personal” post from your old sites….I am lovin’ this one! Your attitude is how my mom has thrived in lfe after having a very special needs child!

  • Susan says:

    Thank you Crystal for such a special message today. What a wonderful reminder to us all.

  • Beth says:

    Thanks for your post … I needed to read this, especially today =)

  • Heather Horton says:

    reading over all the posts and seeing waht a big blessing you are to everyone, and to me. Don’t change! Keep giving us life glimpses. God is using it! We enjoy every bit of your life!– Heather

  • says:

    Oh, this is so good! Thanks for the encouragement!

  • Jamie says:

    Wow, I couldn’t have been reminded of this on a better day! Thank you!!!!

  • Therese says:

    Crystal I have learned so much from you, especially the spiritual side of life. Thank you so much for this posting and others like the broken tea cup. I feel God is speaking to my heart and I really needed to hear this message. Joyce Meyer is also teaching the same thing this week so I’m really getting the message! 🙂

  • Tracy says:

    Thanks so much for this reminder. I am a quiet reader of yours, but this one touched me deeply. We are considering major move from Texas to Utah for my husband to finish his doctorate. We have a 10 year old and a 2 year old (we are not spring chickens 🙂 This has been a hard one for me, we have lived here for the past 11 years and my family is here. I have a great job and hate the thought of giving it up and moving somewhere to get a less likable job and be college student poor again! However, we have prayed and know this is what we should do, your post helped bring me back to reality and do what I know the Lord wants us to do. Thank you!

  • Laura says:

    Wow, this was the subject of our day yesterday!!!
    My husband is a Marine, and he has difficulty relaxing. He gets frustrated very easily, and mostly its because he feels guilty doing things he loves and enjoys, but instead of just BEING, he fills up with guilt, and that guilt is just making him grumpy, and annoyed. He has been away on deployments 4 times, in the last 8 years. YES, thats a lot. I’m more of a mellow, calm, collective, and just at peace human being. I love to appreciate what I have in front of me. To me, its all about the spirit. What good does it do if you work hard, your physically strong, your capable of buying, or collecting things, if your spirit isn’t as strong as your outer being. Inside is what matters. I have an almost 3 year old. He’s so full of energy, and I never complain of not doing this, or not doing that, I never complain of being home with him all day. I know that somewhere out there, there are people who really need things that I already have. I may not be rich, I may not have the biggest house, but my heart , and my soul is what makes me rich. And having that gift, or being able to calm myself down, or to allow me to feel peace, and secure (mentally and spiritually) is what makes me feel gifted. -Thank YOu all.

  • Jenna says:

    I have been out of town since Friday and got home late last night. Just now getting caught up on my emails! I needed this. I’m stressing about getting my coupons and lists together and shopping done, instead of enjoying the afternoon playing with my 20 month old son while it’s just him and I….since the preg. test I took last night was a surprise postive to my hubby and I!

    Great post!

  • Angie says:

    You are wise beyond your years. Thanks for the reminder 🙂

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