Go Easy On Yourself

I am only one person. 
I can only do so much. 
I can't control everything. 
I'm doing the best I can. 

While talking to a good friend recently, this topic came up. We lamented that there are never enough hours in the day to truly get everything done. I think that everyone, especially mothers, tend to set the bar for ourselves so impossibly high, that we forget there is only one of us. We need to cut ourselves some slack - we would never expect this much from anyone else. 

I am guilty of thinking my house needs to be spotless all the time. All. The. Time. I am constantly straightening up, organizing, reorganizing, walking around cleaning up after my family, and thinking Better Homes & Gardens could show up any second for a photo shoot. (I'm pretty sure they are not.) I need to learn to let things go. 

Recently, my husband Troy was away with work. He is a structural engineer, and he needs to go to various meetings and conventions to keep his engineering license. I hate when he's away, but it's part of the job. Besides, four days wouldn't be so bad!  The girls and I could eat cereal for dinner and just spend extra time snuggling. 

On the day that Troy was scheduled to come home, he got called away to an emergency job. He wouldn't be home that day, and probably not the next, and before I knew it, four days turned into seven and we were all miserable. 

But, we all survived, and one of the things that helped me was repeating my new mantra:

I'm only one person. 
I can only do so much. 
I can't control everything. 
I'm doing the best I can. 

I swear it helped me. 

I gave myself a break and did what I could. The dust bunnies weren't going anywhere, and I would get to them when I can. 

Troy came home, and the girls were beyond thrilled to see him, and I have since conquered all of those dust bunnies with a vengeance. 

Life is so busy, we all need to take a little time out more often so we can enjoy the little things.  After all, they are what is most important.