I will turn 46 this week. Some will say that is old and some remember the memories of this age.
I feel 46. I feel all the wisdom that 46 years can hold for me. I feel like I have earned every year.
Here is part of the beauty of gaining years…I know myself in a way I never have before, and after 25 years of marriage and 26 of motherhood, I have a better understanding of my people.
There are seasons in my life that require quiet. A time to quiet the chaos that is my mind. As a mother and wife, sometimes it is my job to see when we all need this. We are a family of emotions. Strong, passionate, sometimes a little crazy, emotions. At times they are overwhelming, the madness in all of our hearts beats at the same time and it requires a retreat while we gather ourselves again.
I know this quote doesn’t quite seem motivational but I would like to offer my perspective on it.
There is power in knowing yourself. There are times when it is essential to be quiet and listen to what you need. Hear what it is your mind and heart are trying to tell you. We live in a time of so much outside noise. There are tragedies happening all around us. Our world is in turmoil. We are surrounded by technology in such a way that it is detrimental to our well being sometimes. It can make your whole insides muddle up into a big giant mess of squiggles.
It is necessary to step away. Take a break from the stuff that doesn’t really matter. Spend some time getting quiet. Listen. Do what you need to do so that when you can come back you are ready to handle it in a way that works better for you. If you have others that depend on you, help them learn to listen to themselves and what they need. It is one of the greatest gifts you can give them, to be self aware. To know how to deal with their chaos and madness. To have the ability to get quiet and truly listen to what they need.
Our little family is in this season right now. Muddling through, trying to be quiet, trying to sort things out, trying not to let the chaos and madness over take us. I’m grateful for the knowledge that it will pass. We will come out on the other side. I know that whatever may come we have tools in place to help. Life is hard sometimes but we are strong enough to handle it. 46 years of living has taught me all of that and I am so grateful for the lessons I have learned.
Happiest of Mondays to you. I hope this week brings you moments of quiet joy.