Friday, August 07, 2009

Epiphany

This has been a great week for me to reflect. With my dad's birthday on Tuesday, I was reminded of what is most important- doing my best to be a good person and treat others kindly. Then as I was reading Eat, Pray, Love- I felt like I was hit on the head. Here are some snippets:

"To know God, you need only to renounce one thing- your sense of division from God. Otherwise, just stay as you were made, within your natural character."

She goes on to talk about the things that she wants, that she can't have "thick, dark hair" and makes this observation.

"But at some point you have to make peace with what you were given and if God wanted me to be a shy girl with thick, dark hair he would have made me that way, but he didn't. Useful, then, might be to accept how I was made and embody myself fully therein."

I love this!! I feel like I need this reminder over and over again. I hope I will always be striving to be a little better, but within my own capabilities and gifts.

So, my quest to be a more "at home" stay at home mom will continue, but only in the ways that work with my personality.

I would love more suggestions, but I have found my peace.

4 comments:

katie said...

Doesn't it feel great when we finally realize that it is much easier to be the person we are than to try and be someone else.

I had this hit me a couple of years ago when I realized that i was working so hard at being like so many moms that I thought were better than me (which I still think they have some qualities I am still working on)that I was giving my kids nothing. Instead, I found when I embraced what type of mom I was and my strengths, while working on my weaknesses I was giving them a pretty great mom.

So you love to go out and be about, well me too. And it is great for my kids, and other moms like to be home and find it stressful to do the things I do, and that is great for them.

Only change those things that really matter to you.. like for me my patience level/yelling, those are things that are important.

You are a great mom... embrace her and give your kids the best of who you are.

Kathy said...

Your daddy is very lucky to have you as his daughter. You are a very kind person and very loving.

Mrs JP Chaos said...

I really like that...I'm really glad that you shared it.

Team Smith said...

my dad's birthday was this past week and it was a horrible day..I guess I will have to get used to it...the memory book is coming along slowly...I hope all is well...cammy has been meaning ot call you.