Thursday, October 8, 2009

Only One of You


It's amazing how reading can change your perspective so much. Today, as I was sitting in the doctor's office with Jace for his egg challenge, I was reading a book called, 'the mother in me.' My mom gave me this book a while ago, and it's a compilation of short stories from mothers and their experiences, inspirations and reflections about motherhood. Today, I read about a mom who well was just so tired of the mundane and somehow lost who she was amongst her many duties and demands. I've thought about this a lot because, I too have found myself, at time, slipping into this mentality, and that's when I realize I need to do something that I enjoy to feel like me again! At 35, (which hello is not even old...well maybe not to me anymore bc it seems to be inching closer) she decides to take a ballet class. During so, she reads this quote:



" There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it."



I read it about 3 times to let it sink in. What an amazing and empowering quote! We all have something to offer; service to render or creativity to indulge. Whatever circumstance, situation, condition, stage of life, each of us can embrace our life and become whatever we want to be. One of the constant threads through this story was that by this time in her life, she felt like she'd been torn apart with hardly identifieable pieces of herself. We should never feel selfish doing something for ourselves. I have found I am a better mom, wife, friend..even person, when I have done something I enjoy. It makes so much sense because obviously you are a happier person, if you are happy with yourself.





So, there's my rant and rave for the day. Can't wait to embrace and live life tomorrow! Hey, today, all i did was turned up the music really loud while I cleaned the house and it was just for me!!!!

2 comments:

The Roberts' Report said...

Thanks Stacey! I really needed it too. Sometimes I feel like all I do is stuff for other people, or family and usually out of obligation. Kind of like I lost that love of service. Thanks for the new perspective! ;)

Jessie Lewis said...

I love the quote. I think we all need to remember that there is so much we each have to offer; thanks for the reminder.