I received an email from Flylady recently with the quote,
"Self-discipline is remembering what you really want."
This quote has really inspired me in my mothering. When I want something that is not particularly good for Doodlebug (or myself), I try to remember what I really want.
*I want to sit Doodlebug in front of the TV so I can have a break, but what I really want is for her to grow up with a creative mind that doesn't require TV to be entertained.
*I want to sit on the couch and eat dinner with the laptop in my lap, but what I really want is for Doodlebug to have the routine of eating meals at the table as a family.
*I want to eat a whole package of oreos, but what I really want is to be healthy, to teach Doodlebug to be healthy, and to have a high fructose corn syrup free diet.
*I sometimes want to go shopping and spend boo-koos of money (rarely, but it happens), but what I really want is a simple life, financial freedom, and contentment.
This little sentence: "Self-discipline is remembering what you really want," has changed my life. It has helped me to remember that my main priority (no matter how lazy I feel that day) is to take the best care of Doodlebug that I can, to be the best mommy I can be. It has truly helped me to remember what is important in life.