When I stop to realize there isn't a right or wrong way to be a mother-- that there is no particular definition I need to fall in line with-- I am able to fully surrender into a blissful (yet momentary) parental peace. Ahhhh. I'm only human though, what can I say. Sometimes I slip up and need a good 'ol reality check. Luckily for me, life gave me a prime example of that just this week...
There I was, finding myself challenged yet again; life speeding past like lightning while the monotony of daily work drags on. I've pushed myself too hard this time and have the self-depreciating internal chatter to prove it: you're too distracted. put away your phone. no need to yell, just be calm. get back to work. make time for your friends. why is the house a mess? No doubt becoming a mother is the greatest thing that has ever happened to me. In truth, however, learning how to parent, to discipline, to push through in the face of toddler adversity has been a tad more difficult. Just when I begin to feel overwhelmed I remember a quote that helps put things into perspective - these beautiful greyscale images from our growing #wholeheartedjournal tag were the perfect accompaniment:
“When I was a little girl, everything in the world fell into either of these two categories: wrong or right. Black or white. Now that I am an adult, I have put childish things aside and now I know that some things fall into wrong and some things fall into right. Some things are categorized as black and some things are categorized as white. But most things in the world aren't either! Most things in the world aren't black, aren't white, aren't wrong, aren't right, but most of everything is just different. And now I know that there's nothing wrong with different, and that we can let things be different, we don't have to try and make them black or white, we can just let them be grey. And when I was a child, I thought that God was the God who only saw black and white. Now that I am no longer a child, I can see, that God is the God who can see the black and the white and the grey, too, and He dances on the grey! Grey is okay.” ― C. JoyBell C.
I'm making it a point to 'embrace my grey'.
All images selected via the #wholeheartedjournal tag on Instagram. Thank you for your beautiful submissions.@_dana_luna_