I got the sweetest e-mail a while ago and I’ve been reading it over and over again. I thought I’d share the insight I received, hopefully it will inspire you as it did me:
“Laurie, … I hope u know how special u are, even if you DO nothing today you are amazing just because you are. We are human Beings not human Doings. Love you.”
Isn’t that the most thoughtful e-mail! I’m so inspired by this friend and she seems to be constantly concerned for others. She embodies service and is such a wonderful support. Thank you!
Did anyone watch Maria Shriver on Oprah yesterday? I was so impressed that she would announce to the world she had an identity crisis and that she struggles with living up to her parent’s expectations.
Maria also confided that she attributed her job and her accomplishments with who she was and her purpose in life. I can completely identify with that. Most days I evaluate my success by how much I’ve done – not how much I’ve loved.
Maria went further to say that she struggled with her image as being “first lady” of California and was unsure of what exactly that meant. In my own experience, there was a time that I tried to do it all and be the “Super Mom”. I felt that there were pressures to look a certain way, do specific things with your kids, and serve others all the time. Needless to say, it was impossible for me to achieve and it was the unhappiest time I can remember.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that I think my friend got it spot on – be who you are for God, yourself, and your family. Slow down, cherish the people around you, and just BE.
Some of the people I admire the most have what I call ‘still souls’ and they are able to live in the present. When you talk to them they are right there with you, instead of distracted. I’ve got to admit, I have a terrible time doing that. Which is why my word of the year is Cherish.
Can you relate?