Knocking things out on your to-do list is more than satisfying; it’s almost therapeutic. How awesome is it to grab a pen and check off item after item, especially in one day? It makes you feel powerful, invincible…like you are your very own Superwoman.
And you are.
But you can have all the strength in the world and still fall short. That’s a theme that runs rampant in films, books, and even real life. There will always be kryptonite. There will always be that moment when you come to the realization where you can’t do everything at once and where you find you cannot handle a situation on your own.You can have all the strength in the world and still fall short. Click To Tweet
You’ll need backup. We’re indebted to have sweet Jesus who’s literally waiting to hear our call and come to our rescue. And in this season of work work work, I’m especially grateful He has provided me with people who I could lean on. If you’re a woman who likes to work alone, I FEEL YOU. Me too, girl. However, asking for help is a strength in itself.
Give Yourself a Break, Superwoman
Help can be various things. It’s an art that needs to be practiced everyday. Help could be in the form of stopping what you’re doing to ask your friend to pray for you. It could be allowing yourself to be soothed by one’s words. It could be brainstorming with a group of friends. It could even be as simple as reaching out to say, “I have a lot to do but I’m worn out.”
Getting help can be in the form of this post – a message that rings loud and clear: “sit down, Superwoman.” And so I am telling you. To sit down. To breathe again. To take it a day at a time.
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Our culture glorifies women “doing” to the point where we can’t distinguish between it and the action of “being.” So many of us are so accustomed to having a lot on our plates that we’re uncomfortable when it’s empty. We don’t breathe but we breed stress.Today's culture: we don't breathe but we breed stress. Click To Tweet
And for what? Because we have goals, clearly. But are you so hard on yourself because you feel the need to prove yourself? Do you want praise? What is it?
After you answer those questions to yourself, hear this:
Success in your eyes may not mean success to the others. You should be proud of yourself for taking responsibility and making the best out of each situation. If by the end of day you find you didn’t get to accomplish some things, so be it. Life is not a laundry list.Success in your eyes may not mean success to the others. Click To Tweet If by the end of day you find you didn't get to accomplish some things, so be it. Click To Tweet Life is not a laundry list. Click To Tweet
You can do it all, just not all at once. You can do it all, but in increments. Stop overworking, over-stressing, over-anything; what you are doing is good enough.You can do it all, just not all at once. Click To Tweet
Extend grace to yourself, make room for your shortcomings and speak biblical affirmations. Realizing you can’t do it all doesn’t make you inferior; it makes you human.Extend grace to yourself, make room for your shortcomings and speak biblical affirmations. Click To Tweet
Give yourself a break, Superwoman! Quit that comparison game, stop dwelling on things you can’t change and cut out grieving over what needs to get done. Instead, pat yourself on the back for what you did do. You may not be where you want to be, but you’re still making moves and you are not where you were. That’s all the reason to celebrate.
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