do you feel like you are in your sweet spot?
that place of perfect balance. well, that word perfect makes us all wanna shrink back and say …..oh no….not i. so lets use “most effective” instead of perfect. how’s that sound?
so let’s try that again. do you feel like you’re in your sweet spot. that place where you perform effectively, maybe not in everything because that word everything hangs out just below that word perfect and we’ve already decided what we think about perfect.
what i’m trying to say is, do you feel like you’re there? you know, like you’re grooving along between your passions and your calling, mixed in with your everyday? you feel confident and successful in your strengths yet you’re humble enough to recognize your need for those around you. or does your sweet spot always seem to be dangling out before you and while there’s days where you feel like you’ve caught it, most days it feels so close, yet so unattainable at the same time.
i sorta feel like that right now.
i have passions in my heart. things i love. dreams of places i honestly feel the Lord put in my heart. talents i know He’s given me. opportunities i’ve been afforded.
to whom much is given, much will be required. much will be expected ( luke 12.48). and while i’m no bible scholar, i feel this scripture reminds me that we , we as in those of us who have been blessed with living in a country of the wealthy, have a responsibility (a stewardship if you will), not only for the obvious specifics we’ve been given-( our families) but for the bigger picture too.
the weight of how our decisions today will effect the generations to come. the weight of the staggering number of orphans and widows, those living in abject poverty…or how about more personal, the community in which we live.
am i functioning out of my sweet spot, not only with the cuties i share my home with , but in my career? both of ’em? in my church? in the area of my friendships, many of which are younger mamas than i? am i being a good steward of this tiny platform called Simple Thoughts?
i’m sure this sounds like rambling but lately i’ve been feeling like i’m not using my opportunities to their fullest yet i’m not quite sure how to reach out and grab that spot–that “fullest”. i wanna lay my head down each night & know i did the best i could , that i made the most of my opportunities, that i had the bigger picture ( primarily those i feel the Lord has placed on my heart to be an advocate for , those who He’s plopped right down in my lap through social media or blog friends or whomever) always laid ahead of me.
at the risk of sounding ambiguous and totally confusing you, i’ve spent a lot of time the last few months being humbled. sometimes that humility has come out of a funny realization of the reality of where i am ( right tara? har har), sometimes that humility has come each morning as i take my less that perfect body to the gym and have to look at myself in the mirror, sometimes that humility has come from someone criticizing my hair ( oh the horrors) sometimes that humility has come from a comment made from one of my girls. sometimes that humility comes from feeling like everyone else is just doing it better. the blogging, the photography, the eating, the parenting, the spiritual walk, the all of it.
that humility can cause me to think, “who am i fooling?”. “why does it even matter if i do what i do?”. ” i might as well pack up that dream”. what i’m hoping is that humility just turns in to a motivation to renew my mind each day. lay it down- my expectations and whatever else. be fully there, wherever that is-whether communicating with my daughters or being a voice for a widow or planning on a blog conference, just be all there. engaged. awake. in prayer. and then i’m guessing that arrival to my sweet spot won’t be so serendipitous as it will be organic.
and since we’re springing forward this weekend, i have one less hour in which to accomplish this! ha!
thanks for listening ya’ll. sometimes just sitting down & journaling my thoughts brings clarity.
you’re probably thinking with a title like sweet spots & sunhats that this post was gonna be all fun & games! sorry ’bout that.
time at the beach is always a sweet spot for me as is photographing my girls, hence the photos.
this hat was a huge seller last year & sold out mighty quick! we’ve brought it back this spring & it’s so fabulous!!
we’re offering the gorgeous solid color shown below, handwoven in Madagascar. i think the website reads backordered but we’ve just received a shipment & they should be ready to roll out next week.
also shown is another huge favorite of mine, the filipino clutch. ( hand woven from palm leaves) eek….they are so fabulous together!!!
now go forth and live in your sweet spot and have a great weekend~ sunhat optional!