So rounding out this month of celebration and all my random thoughts about life, getting ready to bring you hot mommies some hot mommy topics in the next month. But for my second to final know thyself post I wanted to talk about something momish, but can apply to all of our lives, but for me it’s from a mom perspective.
I was on the phone with my “uncle” the other day (one of my dad’s besties) and he was giving me a recipe for this Jamaican rum I have (by the way this rum is FIRE). He’d recently experienced some lost, his mom and then unexpectedly his sister, I was asking how he was after everything that had gone on and he said “Peace Be Still.” I laughed because I use the same phrase when life seems to be throwing multiple things my way and I don’t know what else to do or say. In that moment he didn’t have to say anything else, I knew exactly what he met by those words. We said good-bye and I started thinking about everything going on in my life. Life is busy and overwhelming and I am enjoying every minute of it. There’s so much to do, so little time, and then I’m adding more to do, my cup runneth over. I’m busy, to a point that sometimes I can’t do anything because I don’t know where to begin. Do you get like that? So occupied with the thought of what you have to do that you can’t do anything. I have a billion lists I keep to help me with those moments and even with all those lists sometimes that does not help the anxious feeling I get when I know what I have to do, but can’t figure out how to do it. In those moments I feel like life is getting the best of me and I am going to lose it.
Do you have moments like the ones I have above? The most minuscule thing (Being Nanekia….) can set them off. It’s in those moments when I’ve use the phrase “Peace Be Still!” I’m not using it for any certain thing or person, but for myself. It’s not the things or people around me I need to calm, it’s simply me, I need to calm down. I need to be still and center myself and seek out some peace. More often than not we as moms have a hard time doing this. Our children need us, our significant others need us, we have to work, half the time we can’t even use the restroom in peace because there is a need. Our own personal needs and the needs of others combined with a host of others things life can throw at us can interrupt our peace. Peace, Peace, where are you?!
Mommies (you others too), it’s IMPERATIVE, that you find your peaceful moments. STOP worrying about appearing to be perfect, nice hair, nice clothes, kids with perfect posture, making it to the PTA meeting after your 12 hour shift, gourmet cooking, or short order cooking, just STOP. If those things are important to you then prioritize them and if you can do it then YAY, but if you can’t and it’s causing you to slowly or quickly lose your peace, then you need to prioritize your peace above those things that are stealing it. In those moments where you don’t find your peace you can do more damage than when you decide to make your peace a priority. Don’t risk that damage, “Peace Be Still!”