I have really come to love this video this week. I don’t think the intended message is that moms should never take time for themselves, as evidenced by how disappointed all we moms feel for this woman. It is only an acknowledgment of the sacrifices we moms make every day, and a reminder that the things we do are significant.
This video matched my reality so accurately that it had me in tears. By saying yes to one good thing we must by default say no to another equally good thing, and often at the end of the day I realize that I may have said yes to the things of lesser importance, but that doesn’t diminish the value of the the things that I did spend my time on. Thinking about this message helped me to see an opportunity to ask for help from and express gratitude to someone I wouldn’t usually approach when my car died in the school parking lot while picking up someone else’s child this week. I could see “wasting" 20 minutes riding around the neighborhood looking for Isaac as not an attack on my exercise time, but an occasion to practice patience, and Charlotte wanting to push letters as I try to write this post as time I can spend helping her learn. In my heart I know that my failures, disappointments, and meager attempts at charity are just as valuable as my check marks on that never ending have-to-do and want-to-do lists in accomplishing my ultimate want to do--be more like my Savior, and I am happy to have remembered that a little better this week.
I have so many times been the mom with the new baby, needing a sitter at the last minute, or craving a listening ear. My gratitude is deeper for all the moms in my circle who have given up the things they wanted to do or left boxes on their to-do lists unchecked to cook, clean, watch, and listen.