We are nearing the end of the first month of 2022! A few weeks ago, we honored the great Martin Luther King, Jr. with one of his famous quotes.
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to KEEP MOVING FORWARD.”
MLK’s timeless wisdom gave us reason to pause. As wives, mothers, daughters, sisters, friends…as women we often meet the new year with a feeling of dread or burden. We barely survived the holiday season. Our wallets thinner and our jeans tighter. And now we enter the time of year where we are expected to set unrealistic New Year’s Resolutions and get our family on the “fast track” to health and wellness. We are exhausted and overwhelmed before we even begin.
And now, each year post-Covid, we face new challenges and questions. What will school look like this year? What will going to the grocery store look like? Mask or no mask? Are we quarantining this week or no? Is my family safe? Am I doing everything I can to protect them?
So much pressure and responsibility that can only rests on the shoulders of a woman. Let’s face it. Men can get the job done too but it’s going to look a lot different. Has anyone seen a man in the grocery store sweating in the snack aisle when he realizes the shelves are void of his child’s favorite lunch box treat?
There’s no denying it’s tough being a woman of the 21st Century. But it’s also a joy. It’s a beautiful job that only we were designed by our Creator to do. We are nurturers, protectors, healers, encouragers, believers, creators, lovers, guiders and so much more. We offer the small subtle soft touches that are needed throughout the days that demand so much.
As we enter 2022, tired and licking our 2021 wounds, let us pause on Dr. Martin Luther King’s words – JUST KEEP MOVING FORWARD. Some days we will run. Some days we will only be able to crawl. Some days we will get everything marked off our to-do lists while other days we will struggle to get out of bed. Let us remember the beauty in each overwhelming moment. Let us remember the days are long but the years are fleeting. Let us remember we are set to no standard other than the standard we set for ourselves. Let us remember to treat ourselves with love, kindness, and gentleness. Let us remember to nurture ourselves just as much as we nurture those we care for. Let us remember we are loved infinitely by our Creator. Let us remember each step of the way, whether we are running or crawling that we must KEEP MOVING FORWARD.
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