I think you need to hear this today: You are enough. You are enough. You are enough. Can you take a deep breath and repeat that to me?
You’re all your child needs. You’re all your partner needs. You’re all your friends need. You’re all your parents need. You’re all your siblings need. You’re all your job needs. You are a fantastic mother, wife, sister, daughter, friend, worker, and you are doing enough.
You are doing enough for your child–loving her, loving him. Your child is safe, healthy, and happy. We live in this day and age where we feel like we are not enough and we’re not doing enough. We rush to play groups, music lessons, summer camps, dance lessons, baseball practice, library outings. We feel guilty that we are not doing enough. Is she eating enough good food? Did I breastfeed enough? Am I reading to him enough? Is the school he’s in enough? Did I say enough about how much I love her? Did I relay to him enough how important he is to us? Is he safe enough and ready enough to venture into the world without me? Is she sleeping enough? Are we traveling enough? Are we exposing them to enough? Am I home enough? Am I present enough? Am I doing enough? Am I a good enough example?
We take classes to continue our own education; we are done with our schooling; we never continued our formal education at all. We work full-time; we work part-time; we are stay-at home-moms. We help to care for our parents; we make homemade bread; we can jelly so our children have their favorite jam for their toast. We speak with great thought; we speak without thinking; we speak too little; we speak too much. We mail presents; we mail letters; we mail bills; we forget to mail everything. We plan board meetings; we plan Pinterest worthy birthday parties; we plan lessons; we plan for our futures. We rush to get our run in; we attempt to have wine with friends; we sit on our couch and pray for just five minutes to read our book, started a month ago and never finished. We try to put laundry away for days; we try to make it to our big presentation on time; we try to be supportive of others. We run houses; we run companies; we run ourselves into the ground. All the while, there are days, like today, when we feel like we’re not enough.
So, my friend. You are enough. Pass it on.