Sometimes it is extremely easy to lose focus of the big picture, especially as a working mom. I actually think many guys do a better job of seeing the whole picture, and many of us women lose that focus. We focus too close. A close-up is always better, right?! Think about those amazing children’s photographers that take brilliantly focused close-ups of a child’s face with everything in the background fading into a perfect blur. Now, thing about all of the other things that could be in the background that is cropped out…a deer at the edge of the meadow, a sibling in the background with a preciously cheesy grin that needs to be captured, a set of balloons that would be a cool backdrop.
It is a similar struggle that we face while working outside of the home. Particularly when we focus on ourselves. Often I feel like I am the only working mom in my close circle. At least the only full-time working mom. At least the only full-time working mom that strives to cook whole foods. At least the only full-time working mom that strives to cook whole foods while running a small business and writing a blog. At least…….and the list could on and on no matter how large I zoom out…my focus is still on myself and what sacrifices I feel that I have made. I lose focus of all of the other incredible, incredible working moms…that working way harder than I do or face much harder battles and situations than I. I even forget about the wonderful women I have met through blogging…other extremely hard working moms. I even lose site of all of the sacrifices that stay at home moms make…and yes, they make some really huge ones.
So, yes, it is so, so easy to forget about everything but our close and in the moment situations. NO! You are not the only one. We have each other as friends. We have friends and family that support us working. There are even areas of the country where the majority of moms do work outside of the home as the norm. We all have things that are important to us that are hard to accomplish. We often feel like no one tries as hard as we do in our particular situation. We feel like we deserve a little credit and appreciation, and we feel like no one else can truly relate.
I promise that whatever the situation, God has given you enough grace to work outside the home and to do it gracefully…even when you feel like no one else can identify to your struggles. God can…and I’m sure a few of us here can come close to it too!