Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Quick a-ha moment
I often listen to Power of Mom podcasts while I am folding laundry and find so much insight and wisdom into this journey of motherhood. I have a problem to saying "no" to anything. I sign up to help with anything, I took care of my paralyzed mom (from a stroke) even when I was 9 months pregnant with baby number 5. I want to go on Girls' Night Out with my friends, I want to go on a weekend getaway, I want to take piano and ukulele lessons, I want to go to the gym and get in my best shape EVER! I want to serve on city council (I'm a political junkie). I want to make healthy meals 3 times a day. I want to travel. I want to make it to church on time every week. You know, do it all. And I have been feeling like a failure as a mom, wife, neighbor, sister, daughter recently because I can't seem to do it all. It wasn't until I was listening to the podcast entitled, "Outer Order leads to Inner Calm" that I had an epiphany. April Perry said that life isn't like being at the end of a grocery conveyor belt, that if you don't catch what is coming at you, it passes you by, never to return. But rather life is more like an airport's luggage claim, if you miss what is coming because it is not the right time/season of life for you, it'll come back around! Isn't that brilliant!? After hearing this, the failure and guilt I was feeling left me. I am in the season of raising young children (2 to 7 years old) and even though I want to take tennis lessons right now, the chance will come back around as my family grows and changes. I hope that this paradigm shift helps another mom out there struggling with feelings of inadequacy or failure. We've got this!!