Ministry of Reality Monday
It’s Monday! Okay, no, it’s actually Tuesday and yet again I am late at doing something. But when I explain the title of this post you will see how appropriate that is!
Some good friends of mine have started tossing around the idea lately of “ministry of reality”. It started with this lovely gal and then another lovely lady had the idea to make it a blog series where we all participate. At some point we’ll get organized and link all of our blogs together.
So, what is Ministry of Reality? I think my friend does a great job explaining it so I will leave that to her and just jump right in.
What appealed to me most about this blog series idea is probably the overwhelming, nearly crippling at times, feeling of inadequacy I get when I read other mommy’s blogs. I read about the crafting, the cooking, the cleaning; the sewing, baking, gardening; the wonderful marriage that seem so blissful and the children who are memorizing Bible verses and praying for Haiti unprovoked. It sounds amazing…and it also sounds nothing like my life.
So I started talking about this with friends. I wondered if I really was the worst mother on the planet. And guess what I found out? I’m not. I’m NORMAL. I try hard, I fail hard. I try again. That is life. And I figure we all probably feel pretty inadequate at times and I never want to contribute to another mother’s struggle to “achieve” and “perform”. As women and mommy’s we are in a position to support each other in such unique ways and yet we so often hide our struggle and show only our shiny happy face to the world all the while hurting inside and if you’re like me feeling like you deserve a giant FAIL sign over your head most days.
And since I’m doing my first “Ministry of Reality Monday” on a TUESDAY you have an excellent example of an area in which I struggle. I often have grand plans for things (for example my plan to compete in a triathlon this year…um…that isn’t happening) and MORE often fall quite short of my own expectations. I am sincerely hoping my plan to participate in this weekly blog series is not one of those things…