Have you ever felt like a robot?
Moving from one activity to the next – day in and day out – meeting deadlines, giving reminders, picking up debris – going through the motions … void of emotion.
Mothers are the ‘heart of the home’ – but we can perform like a machine! And in so doing, we send a message to our family that we have no feelings, are immune to pain and can perform on command. Like a wind-up toy! In turn, when they expect us to keep moving as if we’re super human – we struggle to convey the pain. They struggle to understand.
Weren’t we the mom capable of working around the clock without complaint – just yesterday? Skipping meals, burning the midnight oil, winding ourselves back up with caffeine!
I marvel at the ability God graces us mothers to keep moving – regardless of ourselves. This emergency response system keeps life on course in hard times, we’ve all been there. It’s a gift! But in everyday life, robotic mothering can rob us of life’s rewards and literally wear us out – before our time.
Like you, I like to taste my food, feel the beat of the music and ‘hear’ myself think. I like textures, fresh breezes, and the sound of little feet across the floor. The familiar rhythm of basketballs thumping, wind whipping through the trees, laughter coming from the back room – these are all part of life’s symphony playing out around me.
But, when I’m all wound-up, the sounds of life – elude my senses.
When I find myself caught in this vicious cycle of motion – I have to awaken my soul. At times, I have literally stopped everything possible to reengage as a mother. I’ve called off ‘school’ and headed to the park with everyone – just because.
I want my memories to be sweet – not a blur. When I quit my robotic ways – I start to feel again and return to a real-life person, equipped with emotions, limitations and flaws. By design.
I love this scripture ~ written for moms, like us.
“She who refreshes others will herself, be refreshed.” Proverbs 11:25.
How do you reengage as a mom? I’d love to hear.
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