Some days, weeks, or even years can feel like you’re standing in the middle of house that’s on fire. You can feel the panic. No one is listening to you. Children are hanging from chandeliers, laughing at you, as you turn shades of red, that honestly are concerning to health professionals around the world. You have no control. It’s lost somewhere that even you, the finder of all the things, cannot, for the love all things holy, find.
Some days we manage to laugh about it. I myself have shared many a meme on social media, like this one:
Maybe I joke about it because, if I see that other parents find it funny, I will feel less alone.
Feeling less alone & being able to laugh at ourselves is good.
BUT…on this topic…what I really need…what I really want…is to be better. I want to love others better, especially my family.
When scrolling through Pinterest I came across the following quote that resonated with me:
I’m not encouraging you to never give your kids constructive criticism or to kiss the ground that they walk on. But if we can keep in mind that the way we talk to & treat our children, will heavily impact their inner dialogue & how they speak with others, we can change the world.
I can appreciate that this thought can also feel debilitating during some seasons or on some days. I see you.
& that’s where this week’s affirmation comes in…
I am a better me today
& I am certain that God, who began a good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.
We don’t need to be perfect. We just choose to be our best each day.
This week let’s determine to let go of the shame that constantly tries to hover & make us feel like lost causes. We are not lost. We are safe & right where we need to be today. Moving forward, learning, every single day, if we open our eyes to it.
This opening of our eyes will help us realize: Even though I’m not where I want to be at this very moment, where I’m headed, is what matters.
The journey there is valuable, so, let us do our best this week to appreciate each step.
Today | I am better than I was yesterday.
Today | I didn’t snap until the twelfth times my kids didn’t listen to me – improvement!
Today | I didn’t hang up on my husband when he wasn’t being as nice as I would have liked. I stayed on the phone, even though I was uncomfortable & angry. Told him I was upset & then asked if we could please talk later.
Today | I wanted to stay in my bed & sleep the day away. But I made a cup of coffee & instead, took a long afternoon nap.
Each step, each victory – no matter how small, is worth noticing & celebrating.
Try your best to be nice to you, today.
I want to write so much more about this, because I think that this is just a small stick figure drawing of a much bigger masterpiece, of thought…so stay tuned for more on this topic.
But today, this week, just choose to be better than you were yesterday. Maybe even remind yourself of who you were five or ten years ago…you’ve grown, you’ve changed, you are better today. & if you don’t think that statement is true for you…then start your change today.
It’s never too late. It’s never impossible to be better.
Just keep moving forward Loves.
The Mess in Me Honors the Mess in You