Thursday, March 24, 2011

Endurance


I used to think motherhood was about balance. But today as I tried to keep up with my husband's run, I realized that "endurance" was a more accurate word.

There are times when all a mom can do is hang on. Sleepless nights with sick little ones, looking around her home and seeing all that needs to be done, wondering when this ______ will pass (fill in with: weaning, potty training, whining, etc.)

And so as my husband and I set our goal on 2.25 miles, I tried to go faster, thinking, let's be done with this, enough already. But I couldn't hang on, I couldn't keep up.

Sometimes just running the race is good enough. I can deal with "good enough" better than complete defeat.

Some days, good enough is all I've got.

Photo credit - Amana stock photo

10 comments:

  1. i hear you girl! i'm fine with good enough and that's all i've got most days.

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  2. I'm right there with you, too...and I'm perfectly OK with it! :)

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  4. Great post!! I completely agree. Yes, I know I am not a "mom", but I do the traditional job of a "mom". Just take each day as it comes and don't forget to stop and smell the roses, as they say, along the way.

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  5. You say, "Some days, good enough is all I've got." That's true for all of us on any day!

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  6. amen to that! i'm not sure it's possible to keep up with everything. i just try to be the best keeper of the home i can be and hope that my family feels loved through that.

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  7. I think "good enough" is great! To me, it says, "I did good, and that's enough!" So, rejoice - you finished those 2.5 miles, and in weeks to come, your heart will be perkier than ever and those lungs will be able to endure much more speed. That husband of yours better watch out! Oh, and as I was writing this comment, James 1:4 came to mind, "And let endurance have its perfect result..." To be honest, I have always asked the Lord, "Why do I want 'various trials' (vs2)just to get endurance?" I wasn't being sassy, just inquisitive because I didn't connect the two. But as I read your post - the fill-in-the-blank portion - it all came together... Without endurance, we quit, give up, or fall short of our desired goal. In 2009 I finished the L. A. Marathon, the last ten miles sicker than a dog. But my body was trained, and cheered when that heavy medal hung around my neck. We endure so we will win that prize, whether it be "her children rise up and call her blessed" or whatever. Oops, yakked your head off. lol

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  8. i completely agree with you. with so much we moms have to deal with day in and day out somedays we just hang on and keep on going. Thanks for not making me feel like a bad mom when some days i'm hanging on my the skin of my teeth.

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