We've got a lot of new girls this month and I want to welcome you all to the Company Girls! I am thrilled that you've joined up and I hope that you'll all jump right in and get started with the Small Things!
Claudia asked me a question the other day that has echoed around in my head since then.
She asked who motivates ME!
Oh, Claudia, that's a whole post in and of itself, but naturally, I figured out a way to work it into a Small Thing.
I wish I could say that I'm motivated toward Home Sanctuary entirely by my love for order and a heightened sense of aesthetic beauty. I wish I could say that I "just can't rest" when my house is messy, but honey, I can manage a nap pretty much any time. I wish I could say that I love to entertain and that welcoming people in is my natural gift. I wish I could say I have too much energy and so I enjoy working like a busy bee around my house, but ya'll know me too well.
But the truth is far less glamorous.
I'm motivated to create sanctuary for my family because I see what happens when things run smoothly. I'm motivated by having a husband who has a far greater need for order than me, and I want to honor that. I'm set into motion by my feelings of failure and mediocrity. I don't want to be stuck this way all my life.
But mostly, I'm motivated by the belief that the little things matter. That I can't do it ALL, but I can do SOMETHING...and that something counts.
I'm motivated to encourage others through this blog because all the "experts" on family life seem to have it all together: money, time, energy and college degrees. Darn it, they are so perky! And I am often so derailed by my own inadequacy by comparison that I can't hear a word they say.
But I've found that God can take an imperfect family (and an imperfect mom) and make something good happen. I've seen it in my own life and it's too important to keep it to myself. And I believe that God is intensely interested in making something good happen in your family, too. Living a good life is not just for the people who are naturally organized and creative. It's for the rest of us, who simply want a better way to live, and are willing to take one step at a time toward that end.
Today's Small Thing is a Thinking Thing. If you've been with me since the beginning, you might recall that we made a Housekeeping Mission Statement in January. Let's take a look at that again, or write a new one today. Having a goal is an important part of any endeavor, and creating a home that is a place of sweet refuge for your family is a worthy goal.
So what do you want to see happen in your home? What motivates YOU?
POINTS: 40 for writing (or reviewing) your Mission Statement. Think about sharing your Mission Statement in tomorrow's Company Girl Coffee or in a comment!
Visit me at Writer, Interrupted today, where I share my substance abuse story. Whoa, Rachel Anne! I didn't know you had a dark side!
P.S. October Tally Sheet not ready yet, sorry! CRAZY week around here. See what I mean?