We are reminded in motivational articles and self-help books how work/life “balance” is our responsibility to attain (yes, on top of the responsibilities we already have) and how life will be so much better once we reach some sort of magical equilibrium.
But balance is not the goal.
In fact, it’s not even the journey.
It’s a mirage that keeps us busy performing the circus act of modern day motherhood alone, balancing on one leg with a laptop on the other, typing one handed with a laundry basket in the other plus a tower of dirty dishes on our heads. It taunts us like a restful night’s sleep to a new mother.
Focusing on balance misguides us from the true antidote which is calling in our village, asking for (and accepting) support and doing it all with others. Balance is a lot easier when its shared – it’s easier to hop on one leg when you have others to lean on.
A daily practice challenges the person who creates on “inspiration.” We have to mother everyday, and ultimately, it is the daily grind that gives us perspective, clarity and the “high’s” of motherhood. I am exploring if the same happens when I write everyday on the topics that normally light me up – motherhood, self-development, healing and creating. Sign up here to receive those thought nuggets in your inbox on the daily.