Monday, March 4, 2013

Mommy Mondays: This is How We Grow

"The joy of life consists in the exercise of one's energies, continual growth, constant change, the enjoyment of every new experience. To stop means simply to die. The eternal mistake of mankind is to set up an attainable ideal."
-Aleister Crowley

It's late on Monday evening, the hubby is traveling for work, and the child is sleeping soundly. I have so many thoughts to organize from my week away, but the one thing I keep coming back to is growth: growth in my career, growth in my little boy (who miraculously learned how to have a phone conversation in my absence), and my own personal growth. 

This past year has held a lot of challenges, but I realized last week just how far I've come. I tend to view birthdays negatively - they usually only serve to remind me of how much I haven't accomplished, because like many people, I become fixated on my long-term goals. Of course, when you live like that, it's easy to miss the things you've gained along the way.

This week, however, my gains are clear: twenty-odd friends, a whole new respect for Foreign Service families, insight into my own accomplishments, a sincere appreciation of Turkish cuisine and people, and last (but certainly not least), the Harlem Shake. I'd say it's shaping up to be a rather excellent year.


Jessie Humphries said...

This is so excellent! I make the same mistake to judge myself too harshly. I shall endeavor to do better!

Sarah said...

Something I saw at work today that I think you'll appreciate:
I want a tattoo of the last frame. Love you!