It’s about that time. The school supplies are purchased. The laundry is clean. Summer vacation is wrapped up in memories as early bedtime has resumed. The kids are sleeping soundly, though I’m sure the anxiety for the first day of school (coming on Wednesday) is coursing through their veins.
I am quite certain I’m not the only mom feeling frazzled. These last couple of weeks of vacation, I did put my best foot forward to give the kids some last hurrahs to go back to school with some stories. (How many third grade boys jumped from a bluff into the river last week?) But the concentrated effort has taken its toll, and my to-do list has grown so long that I dare not look at it all at once. Talking with a friend, we realize how family-focused we’ve been.
As good as it is to put the family first, there are some of us who receive boosts of energy when we are tapped into a higher power, a greater source of creative energy. How else would we be able to do all that we do? I wondered why people thought I was a supermom, but now I’ve realized that I take for granted the strength, the seeming reserve of energy, that comes from doing what we are truly called to do. When we tap into our “vein of gold,” we are energized to continue our good works, and this inevitably spills into other areas of our life. When we focus on all of our practical responsibilities that come with daily life without tapping into this wellspring of creative energy, we quickly realize that it is quite impossible to do it all on our own. At least, that’s how I feel, and after doing too much too long alone, we usually get physically struck down. (Cue migraine.)
So, as routines change up again and we all find ourselves settling into new fall rhythms, I hope to keep the door to creative outlets open and pass through often enough to be invigorated with that Divine creative energy, bringing it into other areas of my life as well. Lord knows the only limits are those I impose upon myself, and it’s fully within my means to get my life back in order, trying as ever to restore a sense of balance.