Homeschool Mama self-care acknowledges that our thoughts affect our reactions, our choices, and our life satisfaction.
Our thoughts tangibly consume the hours in our days. Though I’ve got a few goals for my family and myself this new year, I want to daily renew my thoughts so I am enabled and inspired toward a path of growth, connection, and purpose.
One of the most repeated ‘voices’ that distract us from our goals is the collective voice of what others might think. As a television actress, Lucille Ball had a lot of practice responding to other people’s opinions, and she learned, ‘not everyone likes me, but not everyone matters‘.
I would like to believe that everyone should like each other.
I am a caricature of idealism, I know. Here’s the irony though: I don’t naturally like everyone either. I want to. But I just don’t.
Still, I know that we’re all a reflection of our Creator and therefore have intrinsic worth and inherent value so we should most certainly do our utmost to honour the Creator’s stamp in one another.
Not everyone naturally likes us either.
When we attune our ears to others’ opinions, we do ourselves a disservice. We waste time sifting through other people’s thoughts about us, or the thoughts we think other people have about us.
We can give other people’s thoughts more value than necessary. They are likely not thinking about us nearly as much we think they are anyway. Sometimes people share offhand opinions but don’t even really care too much about that opinion. But when others are heavily critical, why are we consulting them in our circle anyway?
Not everyone likes me, but not everyone matters.
Yet, other people’s thoughts, even those that think differently than us, can add alternative perspectives, or at the very least, affirm our reasons for understanding things the way we do.
If you want to take care of your homeschool mama self, take care of your thoughts.