I am exhausted.
Completely wiped out.
Is it because I’ve spent my day in business meetings? No.
Am I using massive amounts of creative energy on a new start-up company? No.
Do I spend countless hours managing teams? No.
Am I creating the next tech gadget that will revolutionize the way we connect? No.
Do I field endless amounts of phone calls for those who are doing all of the above? No.
Am I training for a 5K or even half-marathon? No.
What’s my excuse?
I’m a full-time mom raising three kids. It can’t be too hard, can it?
How can I possibly be tired when I’m home most of the day. And when I’m not home, I’m out “playing” right?
Sometimes I feel embarrassed whenever I’m asked the question, “what did you do today?” because when I think back on what I actually “did”, it doesn’t sound all too exciting. They are not the “tasks” I feel proud to list. I guess I could think back and say:
- I spent half of the morning teaching Efraim how to stay on the rug with his toys.
- I worked with Cailyn on having self-control with her voice.
- I helped Lily learn the proper way of writing her S’s & Y’s.
- To respond with a gentle tone when your child has done something you have repeatedly told them not to.
- To exercise patience when it takes them 2 whole minutes to buckle their seat belt because they can “do it myself”.
- To be consistent in making clear boundaries…and sticking to them even when if it means your lunch routine has tripled in time because you are trying to teach your 19 month old NOT to throw everything you put in front of him.
- To show them love when they are clearly NOT showing you love.
This takes work.
And emotional work effects our physical body.
Hard, exhausting, energy-sucking work.
I’ve gone to bed before 9pm many nights over the past few weeks. I’ve taken naps when I should be doing all of my “real work”. I even stopped eating excess sugar to avoid the “lows” during the day. I work out occasionally throughout the week. I’ve done all of the things that you are “supposed” to do when you’re fatigued.
But I finally realized that my job takes real work. And work is tiring no matter which way you look at it.
So, moms out there, don’t beat yourself up for feeling tired and exhausted. Remember your job takes an enormous amount of work too.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men” Colossians 3:23