Favorites this week

Here are a few of my favorite sources of inspiration this week.

First, a quote from Joseph F. Smith

“Those things which we call extraordinary, remarkable, or unusual may make history, but they do not make real life.”

I love that.

My favorite blog post from the week can be found here.  The whole post is excellent but my favorite part was this,

I think every mother has to go through thousands of different phases of “routine.” It changes each year whether there is a new baby or new extracurricular activities or a job change or even when you just want to pull up your bootstraps and get more organized. I have gone through phases where I have one day for laundry, one day for cleaning, one day for organizing dinners for the rest of the week. I’ve gone through years with colicky newborns who had reflux when just staying afloat was the only “routine” I had.  I think every situation warrants different means of routine. We just have to make time to step back and evaluate what is most important at each stage.

Very most importantly, I think it’s essential to realize as a mother of young children, (especially when those children are close in age), simply “being there” for them is enough. It’s so easy to get down on ourselves that we didn’t happen to save the world on any given day along with wiping off runny noses and kissing scraped knees. But we must realize that in doing these very seemingly insignificant tasks we are changing the world. If those little people entrusted in our care feel love and value it beats any other accomplishment in my book.

I love how individual she makes things.  Our routine is just that, ours.  I also love the emphasis she puts on the small “seemingly insignificant tasks” that mothers spend their days doing.  I often fail to see the importance in those types of tasks.  I hope I will realize their import more.

I’m ordering “I Didn’t Plan to Be a Witch” by Linda Eyre tomorrow.  I know I can certainly use a lot of help in that area.

 

What sources of inspiration did you find this week?  I’d love to hear about them.

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2 thoughts on “Favorites this week

  1. I really like this post. I’m going to share it with a friend of mine. She has two kids (ages 5 and 2) and she said to me the other day that she felt like she wasn’t accomplishing anything because her kids are sick right now and she hasn’t had time to do anything but apparently neither will let her put them down and she’s been wiping noses, giving extra baths, etc. If you remind yourself of all the children who don’t have Mother’s (or Father’s) that are there every day, and think about the memories your children are going to have, even if they’re just remembering that in general, Mom was there every single day for them… I’d say that’s a pretty big accomplishment. You really are doing the most important job there is. What Parents do to raise their children is what creates the future generation of people. It’s comforting to know that with how sad the world is getting, that your boys will be loving, caring, generous, hard working people… because of their parents.

  2. I was inspired by a kind man at work. I work for an airline and with Hurricane Irene we canceled flights and needed to rebook almost 100,000 people. As I apologized again for the storm and having to rearrange his travel plans, he said, “Please don’t apologize. You didn’t create the storm.” After 4 days of long overtime hours and understandably frustrated passengers, it was heavenly to hear a kind word. I need to share more kindness.

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