I see you. I see some of the hundred difficult situations you’re juggling. I see how you berate yourself when you drop any one ball for even a second.
In case it helps lighten your load, I want to share a little of what I see.
Faced with some challenging parental situations, you are facing them right back. You’re not minimizing or deflecting them, but doing everything you can, despite exhaustion, to usher your kids into a future that will be good to them.
You work hard, smart, and kind. You understand when you need to adapt and you do the work, undaunted by complexity or hurdles.
Your enormous heart finds ways to give and share every day. I mean this: every day. You are always looking out for the people around you, sometimes to your own detriment. You deserve your own compassion at least as much as the people around you do.
You make people laugh. You have great insights and perspectives, which brighten conversations and, heck, entire days.
You’re candid. You show what’s good and what’s bad, making it less lonely to be human in a world so full of illusions of perfection.
This isn’t an exhaustive list. Think of it as a (lunch break) start!
Please step out into the sunshine, lift your face to the sun, and take a second to marvel at everything beautiful you do and are. It’s a lot.
I see you, and you are magnificent.
I hope you see it, too.
P.S. Think of the ponies!