In my 39-and-a-bit years on this earth, I've learned something: I am the only me. You are the only you. Duh, right? But most of us are not being ourselves. We're adapting to what we think others want us to be, and we're doing what we think we should do. This seems especially easy for mothers, as we lose ourselves in the busyness of child raising.
If you are not you, nobody else will fill that gap. You are the only you in the wide, wide world, and if you do not do that thing, that calling, that purpose you were put on this earth to do, there is someone who is missing out. I will miss out. Your child, your friend, your husband…you will miss out.
I've been thinking over something I read in a book about a year ago:
"A person who loves himself [is] someone who realizes that you can only give away what you have, and so you damned well better work at getting something. You want to be the most educated, the most brilliant, the most exciting, the most versatile, the most creative individual in the world, because then you can give it away; and the only reason you have anything is to give it away."
He goes on to say,
"And so my responsibility to me is to make myself enormous, full of knowledge, full of love, full of understanding, full of experience, full of everything so that I can give it to you and then you can take it and build from there." - Leo Buscaglia
If you do not do what you are meant to do, there will be an empty space on the library shelf, there will be a frame without a painting, there will be a child without that happy memory, there will be a husband who wonders what he did.
I'd love your advice on how we can find the courage to make ourselves "enormous" – full of who we really are – while also doing this enormous mommy job. In your busy everyday life, how do you strive for balance?
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