(Inside: Moms, your life matters in more significant ways than you’ll ever fully comprehend. And there’s immense power in your everyday actions.)
I wonder if the woman who handed me coffee with her enthusiastic good-morning-and-happy-to-see-you greeting realized I drove away with a big smile on my face because of her.
Her delivery was masterful.
Thank you, lovely woman. You passed me steamy deliciousness and some of your energy, as well.
I needed that.
I wonder how often we think that we are just doing us – ordinary us – and that doesn’t matter so much. And yet other people – like me today – are so grateful for our ordinary.
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Moms, we know we shouldn’t.
But, it’s hard not too…
Oh, that beast. Sometimes, it just seems like if we did more with our lives, it would justify our value. You know – similar to all those people out there who are killing it. (Many who are the same age – an even bigger kicker.) Like, a New York Bestseller maybe? How about Elizabeth’s Gilbert’s Big Magic. (Loved this book!) Or Lysa Terkuerst’s book It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way. (Epic.) Or maybe a movie where I showcase my immense wisdom in tough situations and my pure athleticism. Also, I’d look amazing while I’m fighting the bad guys and impressing the love of my life. (A girl can dream to be Wonder Woman, right?!) Or – ahem – I just am so genius that my messing around with basketball shots turns into 10 million YouTube subscribers and a booming business. (There’s no hate here, Dude Perfect, my sons love you.)
Yet – when I really think about it, which of these people make a more lasting impact in my life?
Who leaves the lasting impact is always the second choice. It’s always the real people I see right in front of me. They move me in epic ways that the “more important first people” can’t.
So when we’re in this mom slump – we can reset our mind and renew our energy by remembering these four things…
Someone in your life needs you right now, this second. Someone you know could use an enthusiastic greeting, an encouraging word, or a coffee date. You are needed – and not just by your kids.
There is no one else in this world that can do your job as a mother. Your love sustains, voice comforts, hugs heal, words guide and smile encourages. A mom’s impact is unique, powerful and irreplaceable. All kids need their mothers.
Every human being who has breathed the air on this planet experiences self-doubt, criticism and rejection. There’s a really important person many strive to emulate who was spoken badly about and acted against in huge ways. If Jesus, the son of God, the most perfect person, couldn’t escape criticism, then why do we think we can? Criticism is a normal part of life. Sure we can examine it, test it, and grow from it, but in doing that, we need to remember that people can be hard to please and not everyone has our best interest at heart. Everyone struggles. And that’s going to include you and me.
Your ordinary actions don’t just impact your immediate family. Through you, your kids learn how to treat others, maintain a growth mindset, work for what they want, and ultimately imperfectly thrive in life. The values they are raised with will emerge in their school life, their workplace and beyond. Your influence will be passed down generationally, far more than you can ever understand. Stay the course, strong moms – you might not see fruit until way later.
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So today… accomplish your to-do list knowing you are contributing in irreplaceable, important ways. Because a few days later I grabbed a coffee from the same place and my bright, cheery barista was not there. A new worker mumbled what I owed as he handed me my steamy drink barely making eye contact. I missed Barista #1 – the woman who gave me energy instead of took it.
But I was reminded of how powerful everyday actions can be. In addition, at that moment, this truth pulsed on my heart…
The most impactful people in life are disguised by looking ordinary.
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A Healing Thought for when You’re in a Mom Slump
“Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives. Such striving may seem admirable, but it is the way of foolishness. Help them instead to find the wonder and the marvel of an ordinary life. Show them the joy of tasting tomatoes, apples and pears. Show them how to cry when pets and people die. Show them the infinite pleasure in the touch of a hand. And make the ordinary come alive for them. The extraordinary will take care of itself.”
Cheryl is a mom of 3 boys, wife, speaker, high school teacher, and author of Empowered Moms & Kids. She has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and is passionate about learning and teaching. On www.empoweredmomsandkids.com you’ll find inspiration and encouragement for moms raising tweens and/or teens. Read more in the “about” section of this page.