Why don’t I see what my friends see in me?
A friend of mine once commented, “You are so patient.”
“Patient?” I laughed. “No, I’m not patient.”
But my friend saw patience.
She saw patience, as I felt a loss of control.
She saw patience, as I felt myself getting more frustrated as the seconds moved forward.
But life is funny like that.
What we feel inside, the self-doubt and second-guessing, isn’t real.
What we are second-guessing internally isn’t always manifesting on the outside.
Maybe we are just not seeing the beautiful truths our friends so often see, and we, therefore, beat ourselves up a bit as moms.
We think every day needs to be unicorns and rainbows and flip flops and bright sunshine.
But friends, this is false.
We need to start to believe this.
We need to change the narrative.
We need to change our inner voice.
Maybe that particular day, with my friend at the park, my voice wasn’t as calm as it was earlier that morning, but it didn’t change who I was as a mom as a whole.
A mom who loves with a pure heart.
A mom who listens with intent.
A mom who prides herself on having a heart overflowing with patience.
Losing patience at times doesn’t make the day turn sour and downhill.
It makes us whole.
It makes us real.
It allows us the grace to have days where patience is filled to the brim and other days where patience is barely existent.