Thursday, January 26, 2012

I rocked this day.

Sometimes I think that women are taught from birth to downplay themselves. We question what we do, we look for approval, and when we don't get it, we think we've failed. We work, and work, and work... and for what? To finish the day thinking about all the things we didn't get done?

Well guess what? When I got home from the grocery store tonight, I looked in the mirror and for the first time ever thought, "You rock. Seriously. You rocked this day."

I grew up hearing this verse of scripture:

"The worth of souls is great in the sight of God."

For some reason, I always thought that only meant that everyone else's soul was worth a lot. Not mine, not little old me! I have so many shortcomings. I have so many failures. I never get anything right. I'm too fat. I'm not spiritual enough. I'm too dumb. I'm too lazy. I'm not good enough. I'm not happy enough. I'm not worth anything.

Oh no, no. I was sorely mistaken. Because guess what? The verse doesn't say, "The worth of everyone's soul but yours is great in the sight of God." Souls. Everyone's souls. Even the people we don't like-which most often includes ourselves. So make a list. Write down everything you accomplish, because you may discover that you actually accomplished quite a lot, and then acknowledge your own personal wins for the day.

Then, you look in that mirror at the end of the day and say something to the effect of,

"I rocked this day. I mean seriously. I took it out back, and I beat the crap out of it. I took care of a sick, whiny, clingy toddler today. I worked out. I went to the grocery store. I unloaded the dishwasher. I did laundry. I kissed my husband.

Maybe I didn't make a ton of (or any) money. Maybe I didn't earn some big award. Maybe I didn't only think nice things.

But you know what I did? I loved on my kids. I didn't kill anyone. I even took a shower and let myself look at pinterest for a while. Take that, Thursday."

You know why? Because you did. You made it through the day. And you did some good things. So. Here's to Friday. Rock your day, and then give yourself credit. You're worth it.


Brittany said...

you rock! :)

Lauren said...

I was totally feeling like I didn't do much today and I thought to myself, "I got everyone fed and no one died today. I was a good day". I'm trying to prepare myself to feel good about the little things (or things that seem little, but are super important) because I know I'm going to having significantly less time in the near future :) Thanks for your post, Adrienne!

Katrina said...

Thanks, Adrienne. I think I needed to hear this too.

Carran said...

Thank You! Think I'll be re-reading this the day's I feel like a horrible mommy and wife

Mama D said...

The past few days I have really needed this reminder. Thanks for posting and sharing your insights.

Today I had to get up at 3:40 AM... and after working 4 hours, I made it through church (awake!) I'm exhausted, but I like to think that survival of the past 15 hours means I rocked this day!

Thanks for giving me something besides my fatigue on which to focus!