April 11, 2007

Keeping The Mom Tank Full

A moment of enlightenment occurred about the time my first child reached the age of two. I remember sitting in a daze on my couch at the end of the day surrounded by buckets of unfolded laundry. I had just tucked my 2 year old son into his bed next to his 1 year old baby sisters’ crib. I remember being exhausted from my days activities but I had been so busy that I couldn’t even recall what I’d accomplished that day or even what I had eaten for lunch. Then a wave of awareness and humility hit me as I realized how much I took my own mother for granted. As a child I just expected my mother to do for me. Not once did I realize how much she was sacrificing to make my meals, clean my clothes, teach me how to read, and in later years, prepare favorite foods at my whim, drop everything to taxi me around, and spend thousands of dollars to keep me entertained. Like a revelation it occurred to me;

Mothers don’t get much appreciation for the job they do until AFTER the job is done.

Which leads me to why I blog.

* I need an outlet for my thoughts or I think I might explode
* I have a place and an accountability for expressing myself with writing
* I get a deep satisfaction out of making other people laugh
* I’ve made some really neat friends

* But most of all, I feel appreciated when someone actually takes the time to read my blog and lets me know it.

And that, my fellow blogsters, is what keeps my gas tank full during the many tiring days when I’m feeling less than appreciated for the work that I have chosen to do.

So my Works For Me Wednesday tip is this…..

When you are in the thick of the mothering years it’s so important to do things that keep you feeling built up and appreciated.

Pretty simple, I know, but so important.


EE said...

AMEN! Great advice!!

Rona's Home Page said...

Great tip.

The Preacher's Wife said...

Found you through WFMW...Amen on the 'why I blog'...sounds like we do for the same reasons...:))

janiswrites said...

I think that taking that time for yourself will make you a much better mom in the long run. Thanks for sharing! Blessings to you!

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