I was playing outside with the boys and there were workers landscaping our neighbors yard. Trash had blown over and he came and kept apologizing and telling me they would clean it up. I told him it was totally fine, but he was so persistent and apologetic.
The next 20 minutes I had to run in and do a quick call for my job and totally missed out on playing with my boys. We had to run to piano lessons, eat dinner, and then wait for the sitter because I had a meeting at our Church. I felt rushed, distracted, and tired. I felt like the loser mom who doesn’t have freshly washed hair, a smile on my face, and an easy going attitude like most of the TV moms. I was overwhelmed.
As I was heading to my meeting beating myself up because I am not June Cleaver I thought about that man who was so apologetic for having trash in our yard. I could of cared less and didn’t think twice about about giving him GRACE. He was so hard on himself but I wanted him to know it was not a big deal at all. So many times in our lives, whether it be small or large, we give grace.
We give people the benefit of the doubt because lets be honest, life is hard! But why is it so hard to give GRACE to ourselves?
The amount of pressure I put on myself to “always have it together” is exhausting. So today I want to give EVERY SINGLE MOMMY permission to give yourself GRACE. Not just because I want to feel better about the laundry piled on the floor or the dishes in the sink, but because GRACE is required and sometimes we need to look in the mirror and extend it!
My messy hair, dusty house, disorganized office, and stinky boys are just fine with not being perfect. Our beautiful mess of a life is beautifully designed.