I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning to sail my ship.
~Louisa May Alcott
This blessed life I live continues to evolve daily, guided by necessity mostly, as most decisions we make are. Thus, I join the millions of women who add full-time employment to their daily round. Now, I will receive some monetary compensation for my efforts and begin to build my professional portfolio.
I refuse to think of myself as selling out, settling, giving up, compromising, etc. Rather, I accept this as an opportunity to understand another dimension of life. When a working mother says she’s tired, you have to have experienced her level of exhaustion to understand. Similarly, it’s helpful to be a stay-at-home mom to know what it’s like to work that full-time job without monetary compensation for at least a decade.
Also, I can’t help but feeling that there is a reason for all this, besides earning money to pay off debt. Patience is an ongoing lesson for me. As I wait, though, I continue learn. Every day I hear another story, discover something new. Another perspective is revealed, maybe even a Truth. So many opportunities are before me now that might not have been there before. Each day presents another chance to experience life, if I choose to be open to it and grow with and from it.
Experience. Is it not what life is all about? I also choose for my experience to be grounded in compassion, and I think that will make all the difference.
I refuse to believe that trading recipes is silly. Tunafish casserole is at least as real as trading corporate stock. ~Barbara Harrison