For the past several months, I’ve been an occasional reader of Glennon Doyle Melton’s blog, Momastery. You can read about her incredible story here. In conjunction with the paperback release of her New York bestseller, Carry On Warrior (and no, I’ve not read it yet), she invited readers to take part in the Messy Beautiful Project. It’s a compilation of hundreds of women’s real stories of faith, friendship, parenthood, marriage and life – the struggles and successes. After reading many of the linked posts, I felt compelled to write my essay, The Nitpicker: My Messy Beautiful.
This wasn’t the first time I’ve mentioned my version of insanity – the pursuit of perfection. But I decided to share a bit more of its manifestation in my life. I know perfection is unattainable, but that doesn’t stop the endless conversations in my head. I must work to live in the present and to reframe my focus. Any action is better than inaction.
I recognize I’m blessed in so many ways. However, I often become stymied because everything is not “just so.” Gratitude is about loving life as it is and about realizing that I have a choice. I can choose how to interpret life’s events. Every situation has a silver lining or a bright spot. That’s one of my primary reasons for participating in Ten Things of Thankful.
Here are my bright spots for this past week…
1. Jackets/sweaters optional weather.
2. Nature’s signs of new life and renewal..
3. The joy I get in assembling Easter baskets for my young adult children. This one may very well be my son’s last one given that he’s graduating from college next month! Sigh.
4. The companionship of my daughter this weekend. Together we watched the movie, Frozen (my first time to see it) and went shopping. Now she’s sharing her favorite versions of Let It Go on YouTube including the one featuring 25 foreign languages.
5. Visited Whole Foods for the first time and purchased some staples – wine, dark chocolate and coffee.
6. My house is in shambles now (and I don’t mind one bit = progress)! There are remnants of my kids everywhere…dirty laundry, laptop on the kitchen counter, clutter on the sofa, etc.
7. Yesterday I learned about another giveaway I won from Midlife Boulevard! I am the winner of Becky Blade’s new book, Do Your Laundry or You’ll Die Alone. The author/illustrator/mother includes over 200 tidbits of wisdom or mom-isms she wishes to share with her daughter upon her departure for college. I tried a free promotional download to my Kindle but found out it wasn’t compatible with my Paperwhite or iPhone. This more than makes up for that!
8. My husband received some unexpected good news on the job front!
9. The numbers on the scales are slowly returning to my pre-spring break weight.
10. Grace extended by others and that which I allow myself.
What were your week’s bright spots?