My birthday is over. You people are awesome. I now have to figure out a way to burn about 4,327 calories. Oh, the brutal gluttony. I’ll do the giveaway drawing this weekend when I calculate the Haiku winners, too. (If you got so wrapped up in the joy of wishing me a happy birthday and telling me about yourself that you forgot to actually enter the computer game giveaway, go back there and enlist yourself in the drawing . . . if you meant to in the first place.)
Excuse me while I write down a few things that I need to print out and hang on my forehead for tomorrow.
1. No. (answer to the question, “Can I have a snack?”)
2. No. (answer the question, “Can I watch a TV show?”)
3. Not yet. (answer to the question, “Can we go to the swimming pool now?”)
For the record, sometimes the answer to those questions is “YES,” but just not when they’re asking over and over and over again.
And this may seem random, but it’s been on my mind a lot lately. Why do we so often assume that we are not worthy of greatness? Elder Maxwell always talked about “not shrinking,” and I think we moms do it way too much. We kind of crawl into spiritual fetal position instead of spreading our spiritual wings. I wish we were better at claiming and embracing how great we are. Marianne Williamson wrote:
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness
That most frightens us.
We ask ourselves
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small
Does not serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking
So that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine,
As children do.
We were born to make manifest
The glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us;
It’s in everyone.
So shine on, ladies, and don’t be afraid to be as good as you really are. Because you really are. Really.