Thankful for the Beautiful Chaos
"If the only prayer you say throughout your life is "Thank You," then that will be enough" -Elie Wiesel
Something happened over the past couple of years and my outlook on life has changed. I can't put my finger on an exact moment when this turning point happened, but it was somewhere in between the births of my two daughters that I stopped taking this beautiful life for granted. Sure, most of the time I'm running around (in heels) like a chicken with my head cut off, usually on about 4 hours of sleep and never having any idea what day or time it is, trying to find a way to balance the babies, work, and community involvement, not to mention this little blog. But amidst it all, I started waking up every single day and counting my blessings. It's always easy to complain about how tired I am (Stella was up at 5 AGAIN!?), how stressful work can be (You need me where in 20 minutes? I'm still in my pajamas!), and how impossible it is to cover my under eye circles (Thank goodness for Instagram filters!), and because I'm FAR from perfect, I definitely fall into that habit at times. But every single day when I wake up, I thank G-d that I have the opportunity to be so busy with so many wonderful things. I can't imagine a more beautiful chaos. When I push the stroller down the streets of New York, I have to pinch myself that I get to live in my favorite city in the world, married to my best friend, raising our two sweet babies, with frequent visits from my unbelievably devoted, loving parents, and we are all, Thank G-d, healthy. I am so incredibly thankful for all of it, even the extreme fatigue and the glorious tantrums of the terrible twos. Because you know what? It could all be gone in a second. I challenge myself and everyone reading this to incorporate "thanksgiving" into our daily lives. Let's take at least one moment every day and give thanks to our friends or our bosses or our parents or our spouses or our children or to G-d or to all of the above. I've realized the more I express gratitude, the richer my life feels. Appreciating the beauty of the chaos makes it twice as beautiful.
Photography: Adi Heyman
Dress: Hache, Necklace: Erickson Beamon, Shoes: Alice and Olivia