With my continued goal to write more and move more, what better way to start off 2019 by getting back into the swing of things with Five Minute Friday? The first writing prompt of the year is Better. I only have five minutes to brain dump what the word better sparks in my mind at this moment in time.
Five minutes are on the timer…Go!
Five Minute Friday: Better
How can I be better? That is something I’m constantly asking myself. How can I be a better friend, volunteer, wife, mom?
How can I be a better parent really hit home this week when my patience was tested and expectations challenged.
I don’t know about you, but I put a lot of pressure on myself to be a good mom and to raise good boys. I put a lot of pressure on myself all the while knowing that my influence only goes so far. They were brought into this world hard wired to be a certain way. Nurture can only take me so far when it comes to the power of nature. Who they will be over the expanse of their time here on earth is not up to me.
I give myself both way too much credit and way too much responsibility.
So, how can I be a better mom? Maybe I can start by being better to myself. Maybe I need to forgive myself and give myself some slack. Maybe I can be better at communicating with myself, my husband, and my sons my expectations and struggles. Already, those tasks feel overwhelming.
Maybe I need to start small.
Be better by moving more and writing more. Be better by taking a deep breath when it all feels overwhelming and reminding myself that the sun will rise tomorrow. Be better by remembering I was made in God’s image and so were the people around me. Be better by reveling in that understanding and allowing that to be enough.
What does better in 2019 mean to you?