As we are in a back to school time of year which looks different than most back to school times that we can remember, you might be feeling a bit more stress or confusion than usual. You might be wondering how things will turn out, how you will have time to facilitate distance learning, how will you be the mom you want to be to your children and work from home? How will you fit it all in and adapt to the environment around you? There are so many questions. I find that at times like these, it is the small things that count. Rather than worry too much about things in the future, I like to focus on small, productive, positive steps that I can take along the way. This focus on small steps making big impacts, brought a book to my attention that I first read few years ago and which since I refer back to for inspiration. The book is Napkin Notes by Garth Callaghan.
In this book, a dad with a cancer diagnosis sets out to connect with his daughter everyday by including a note written on a napkin in her lunchbox. He had been writing notes to his daughter before his diagnosis, starting in grade school, however once he received his diagnosis he set out to write notes that she could have everyday through high school. His notes were loving messages that often included encouragement, kind words, and expression of how he felt about her.
For a list of some of his incredible notes, check out his website here. I love how his notes are not necessarily just what he is writing, but it is how he is writing it. He uses color and print size to stress various aspects of his quotes, making it seem like you can hear him saying them almost hear his intonation and purpose. I found seeing the notes to be particularly effective. One of my favorites is:
You had a purpose before anyone had an opinion.
Reading a bit of this list is the perfect encouragement for me to be the mom I want to be and to remember how precious children are. It is a great tool to stay centered in stressful situations. Wishing you a peaceful day today!