Sunday, May 19, 2013

A Beautiful Mess

This is my beautiful mess.  No matter how hard I try to keep my vanity neat and tidy, it always ends up looking like a disaster.  It was clean yesterday and this is what it looks like today.  It can actually get a lot worse than this.

"A Beautiful Mess, Embrace your Story" is next year's theme for my MOPS (Mother's of Preschoolers) group, which is "the bomb" by the way-- but more on that later.  I love, love this phrase because it tells me...
there is beauty in imperfection.  It gives me permission to be "less than perfect."  It celebrates the fact that as moms, our lives are going to be messy, and icky and sticky-- whether it is the mess in my kitchen sink, the mess of toys littering my living room or the mess in my head as I try to re-connect with who I really am, and how I was meant to serve my fellows outside of being a mother.  When I think of this chaos as "beautiful," I can fully accept it...  and with acceptance comes peace.

So today, see the beauty in the unmade bed, the dirty clothes piling up on the floor, because it means your life is full.  You are a mom which is demanding and exhausting and sometimes means that you don't have time or energy to keep the house looking perfect.  Your life is a crazy, unruly, unpredictable mess and it is beautiful.

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