I read this great post yesterday. It was lovely and real and inspiring. Go ahead and read it. I’ll still be here when you get back…
Done? Well, then you see where I’m going with this.
I have a confession, too.
I’m pretty lazy.
Sometimes when I say that, or when I tell people the name of my blog, people scoff. “You?! You do SO MUCH!”
I’m always a little surprised by that reaction.
I do as little as possible.
I mean, I do stuff. I work and volunteer and putter in the garden. I’m not in a coma or anything, but I’m no superwoman by any stretch of the imagination!
The post, above, made me realize that, when blogging (or Facebooking, Tweeting, etc) it’s very easy to make it sound like we have it all together. I could post something like this:
“Today I did all my chores, went to work, visited my elderly neighbor AND kept the kids alive. I’m a rockstar!”
Doesn’t that sound like a great, productive, busy day? Don’t you just wish you were as awesome as me?
But it’s only part of the picture. In that post I didn’t mention that neither child has had a bath in 3 days or that “all my chores” did not include scrubbing my jam-smeared kitchen floor or weeding the overgrown garden, simply because I choose not to include those things on my to-do list for the day. My elderly neighbor fed us lunch so I didn’t have to cook that meal and I only work for 3 hours a day most times.
I could just as easily have posted, “spent the first 2 hours of my day Pinning. Took a 3 hour nap after lunch. Failed to mail out my jury duty registration (ugh!).”
I’m not trying to be deceitful when I post things. I’m just trying to share the parts of my life that I’m happiest about. These are the parts that seem fun and interesting to me. They are the things that I like to focus on and the things that I think may be slightly more interesting.
Also, I’ve made great progress in becoming the “Proverbs 31 woman” I want to be. If you’re not familiar, Proverbs 31 is where the “ideal” woman is described in the Bible. This lady gets up early, works all day, runs her own business, feeds her family, teaches her children, manages her home, and keeps herself looking good the whole time. (A man wrote the description.) I have a long way to go to be like her, but I am further down the path than I used to be and it’s exciting for me to share those successes.
What’s the point of all this?
My point is: be encouraged!
When you see all those perfectly organized shelves on Pinterest or read the blog about the homeschool mom with 12 kids who are all achieving above grade level or come across the Tweet that says, “I just finished my daily 12 mile run. #feelinggreat,” you can know that those people are simply sharing the things in their lives they are most proud of. They don’t want to mention that their toilet is filthy or they spent the morning yelling at their child or they overdrew their checking account for the 3rd time in a month because they’re just bad about writing things down in the register.
We all have faults.
A good friend I used to work with quoted to me daily, “success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.”
It can be a long road but like April says in her post, “I love what I do and Thanks be to my God, His mercies are new every single morning. That means I can go to bed at night knowing that I get a fresh start tomorrow.”
Keep focused on your success instead of your failure and you may find that the journey is a tad less wearying.
But if you do get worn out, I suggest an all-afternoon-long nap. I find them delightfully refreshing.
Are you, too, seeking to save the earth, promote world peace and raise productive citizens without expending too much effort?
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