I have this philosophy...one that I probably got from my mom....one that tends to bring me grief more often than not, but NOT because the philosophy is flawed but b/c it puts people off. It's simple, really...and kind of Biblical, since it resembles a Bible verse. It's this:
Whatever you do in life, do your very best. This resembles...."whatever you do, do it wholeheartedly as unto the Lord and not unto men." Same principle, really.
I admit that I don't adhere to this ALL of the time, BUT there are certain areas of my life that I feel are important enough to make more of an effort in doing my best. I love to decorate and generally my house is "picked up" and looks pretty good, but don't open my closets or sock drawers! I love to garden and harvest veggies and flowers, BUT I burn out towards the end of the summer (literally!) I love my husband dearly and I so strive to honor and respect him and care for our home, but I blow it sometimes (especially about once a month) :) The artwork that I show is usually only the pieces that came out well....I fail miserably with some pieces and I toss them out and try again.
I say that I'm a runner, but it comes in spurts (or sprints...ha ha) We eat healthy, but we love ice cream....I could go on and on....the truth is....what you perceive from what you see of me day in and day out isn't always the full story.
You see that I'm an artist, that my kids are pretty good, that I homeschool and I have a lovely home and a great hubby...and based on that some people feel threatened and I understand that....but there is more to me than those superficial things. Nobody's life is perfect, certainly not mine! I have many flaws, fears and uncertainties. I struggle, but I'm not one to let it all hang out, flapping in the wind for all to see.
So, it comes down to this....whatever I do, I want to do it well. It's as simple as that. If I mother, I want to mother well. If I cook, I strive to cook well....if I love, I want to love with all of my heart. It doesn't mean that I'm a perfectionist and I have it all together all of the time. I don't and I know I never will....but I don't want to settle for mediocrity either.
So, dear reader....find something and do it well today...love your hubby, make a new friend, thank the Lord for little things, kiss your kid's nose....even if your task is small...complete your task with joy and make it the best job you've ever done.
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I'm a wife and mother of four kids. I homeschool, paint, run, and garden! I am always interested in digging truths out of Scripture. Here, you'll find my thoughts on art, adoption, gardening, mothering, homeschooling, books and whatever else is on my mind. Enjoy!
Creativity doesn't exist in a vacuum - like skepticism, it's a means, not an end. It cries out for a theme. To treat creativity as an end in itself is to assume godlike character for humans as though they could create ex nihilo. -J. Cheane