Good morning, Mamma! I head home again today after two weeks away – three countries, eight cities, four time zones. Get me home.
What is driving you, girl? What do you value? What do you love? Family? God? Money?
I’ve seen some beautiful Mamma love on my travels. The working mommy still nursing, traveling with baby and husband to the week-long prep meeting. The toddler’s working mommy Face-timing with her boy on his second birthday (yes, they’d had his party over the weekend but she was still a little sad to be away). The restaurant owner mom working with her grown daughter to build their business.
I also met a mom who was on a seven week vacation with her husband. “We told the kids they couldn’t come along,” she said. “They slow us down. There’s a lot I want to see when I travel.” (I had no response, I was literally speechless in response. I think I finally said some anemic thing like, “Oh” and walked away).
Our actions are where are real values become apparent. What do your actions say about what you value? Do you like what you see when you look at your life that way?
We all cobble together the quilt of our complicated lives. Most often, seen as a whole, it’s a beautiful thing, even if it is messy. My quilt has pieces of Mom-at-work, Mom-cooking-for-family, Mom-talking-with-the-kids… And I like the way my quilt looks, even if I’ve had mistakes along the way (hello forgotten birthday, hello divorce, hello lost temper).
Life is not about perfection. It is, in my opinion, about heading in the right direction, and correcting course when we find ourselves veering off track.
Life is our every current moment. It’s not this weekend, or when we get the bigger house, or after we get the next promotion. This hour, this day, this moment.
What does your quilt look like? More importantly, do you like what you see?