People have told me that I appear to have it all together. They wonder how I can manage being a wife, mom, full-time employee, blogger, homemade/simplicity maven, DIY-er, and many other things, and not go nuts. Truth is, I frequently feel all over the place, but always fall back on wise words a friend once told me:
“Camille, you can’t save the world.”
WHAT?! WHAT DO YOU MEAN?! It’s been over 10 years since she said those words and I still remember how I’d never considered the notion. I always thought there was a way to do more and if you weren’t doing more, then you were standing still. It wasn’t until I became a mother of two that those words would take root. When my first son came I found myself feeling so small in a big, new world in which I knew very little. I felt a bit helpless, yet knew I had to care for this little baby just the same. My mind allowed this beautiful new role to feel more like a burden than a gift. Fast forward four years, I am now a mama of two and finally understand what her words meant.
I can only do what I can and let go of the rest.
Now, I decide what needs to be done based upon what’s truly important. Everything else either comes later or may not come at all. I do things that bring joy and happiness to me and my family first. Granted, life sometimes requires us to do things that don’t meet those criteria, however I try to make the best of it and keep non-essentials to a minimum. I make sure I’m honoring myself and my family by only pouring into others when I have extra to give.
The world wasn’t built in a day and definitely won’t be saved in one. What I can do, however, is to continue to contribute goodness, bring together people who make each other better and hope that our energy makes the world a better place.
Update: I still believe that I’m not responsible for saving the world, I do believe, however, that I am responsible for being the change I want to see in the world. Read more about that here.