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What if All I Want is a Mediocre Life?

What if I’m a mediocre home manager who rarely dusts and mostly maintains order and makes real food but sometimes buys pizza and who is horrified at moments by the utter mess in some areas of her home? Who likes to menu plan and budget on the other hand breaks her own rules and pushes back against rigidity. Who doesn’t care about decorating and fancy things? Whose house is humble but safe.

What if I’m not cut out for the frantic pace of this society and can’t even begin to stay up? And see numerous others with what appears to be boundless energy and stamina but know that I want plenty of solitude and calm, an abundance of rest, and swaths of unscheduled time to be healthy. Body, spirit, soul healthy. Am I enough?

What if I’m too religious for a few and not spiritual enough for others? Non-evangelistic. Not bold enough. Yet willing to share in quiet ways, in a genuine relationship, my deeply rooted faith. And my doubts and insecurities.

This will need to be enough.

And if I even have been married 21 years and love my husband more today than yesterday but haven’t had a fairy tale romance and break the “experts” marriage rules about doing plenty of activities together and having a bunch in common. and that we don’t. and that we like time apart and time together. Is our marriage good enough?

What if I’m a mom who delights in her kids but needs time for herself and sometimes just wants to be first and doesn’t wish to play but who hugs and affirms and supports her kids in their passions? A mediocre mom who can never live up to her expectations of excellent enough, including yours.

What if I embrace my limitations and stop railing against them? reconcile with who I’m and what I want and honor your right to try to an equivalent. Accept that each one I would like maybe a small, slow, simple life. A mediocre life. a gorgeous, quiet, gentle life.


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