Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Round Two

One of my recent posts was very personal. The post "Pride and Consciousness" stemmed from the inevitable feeling of inadequacy that we all feel. Although there weren't many comments on the blog, I had quite a few encouraging emails with support and the understanding that we all need prayers to embrace where we are in life. We must always remind ourselves that no one's life is perfect and that we all struggle from time to time.

I wanted to address one comment in the case that I was misunderstood:

"Some people might think that YOUR life as a stay at home mom is ideal! My life is boring too."

I believe that regardless of our state in life that we at some point feel inadequate. Of course, how could we be fully content, as St. Augustine explains, "Our hearts are restless until they rest in You." Part of the malcontent can drive us to our best, while the other weighs us down and can act as a burden while we covet and compare our lives to others.

What I was addressing in my post was that nagging self-doubt that keeps us from doing what we're called to do, regardless of what that is. For an at-home mom it can be very easy to wonder if she is doing enough for her soul, her body, and her mind because she spends her waking hours caring totally for her children. It is inevitable for her to wonder if she is neglecting important aspects of herself as a person that have been pushed aside because of the children at the present forefront of her life.

In the same way a law student, for example, may feel that he or she is neglecting important aspects of themselves due to the constant pressure of studies. We all approach similar hurdles regardless of our state in life.

I think it's important to support one another in our unique callings. I think it's important to be honest about the triumphs and trials we all endure on our differing paths to holiness.

God Bless.


California Girls said...

thanks for the insight and advice. i can relate 100%. its nice to know im not alone, and to be encouraged by your wisdom! if you wrote a book, i would buy it! its kind of like you know exactly whats going on i my head (even when i dont) and can articulate it eloquently in writing. thank you!

Mallory said...

Thanks, Ashley! That really means A LOT to me. It's so good to know that there's such a great online-network of ladies/wives/mothers out there we can lean on...even if we're across the country!

The stinky poopster said...

Thanks for the clarification.