I was at a loss this month as to what to share here. I decided to ask one of my sons what I should write about. His reply was, “About how kind and patient you are.” I gave him a weird look and he said, “What? It’s true!” I don’t feel like I’m great at either of those things. And that got me thinking.
If a flashlight or candle were a living thing, would it recognize its own light? I say probably not, because it’s light would just be normal to it. It may look at another flashlight or candle and think, “Wow, they’re amazing! I wish I shined like that!” When in reality it’s light is just as bright.
I know that may be a silly metaphor, but do you see what I’m getting at? For some reason my son sees kindness and patience in his interactions with me, things which I do not recognize in myself, especially the patience part.
Now I know it’s not good to go around touting your greatness either, but I think women especially have a hard time recognizing their light. And I think part of the reason is because women of light tend to live in a state of light. It’s just normal to be doing good, serving others, loving our kids, giving our time, etc. We don’t see what’s so extraordinary about any of it. We look at others and think how amazing they are, and how we wish we could be more like them.
Well mama, I’m here to tell you that you ARE. You are good and you make the world around you a better place. Whether or not you realize it, you are doing amazing things. And your children love you, every part of you, even if you feel inadequate. Ask them what good they see in you. You just may be surprised by their answers.