A quote for the day

A friend sent me this today in an email saying it made him think of me—I just liked it. I think a lot of us can relate :

Courage does not always roar. Sometimes it is a quiet voice at the end of the day, saying… “I will try again tomorrow” ~Mary Anne Radmacher

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  1. Doe,
    Having just spent 8 days with my mom and knowing how difficult it was to be “good enough.” It sounds like you were absolutely lovely with your parents.

    I’ve heard of that concept of the “good enough” mother and always felt drawn to it too. I think we all can realistically move towards that—there is simply no perfection in this life we live.

    I want to be that warm loving, healing person that people seek out too. At times in my life I’ve been that to some people. I hope to be that to many more people as I heal. I especially want to be that to my husband.

    I love Jimmy Carter too, poor guy has been so maligned lately for reasons I support him in completely, but I won’t go into here as this is not a political blog! But he is a man with a hell of a lot of integrity.

    thank you for your very thoughtful comment. I had no energy to post today, but this discussion is turning into a nice alternative to a post.

  2. Yeah, I like that one. It fits what I’ve been thinking about lately. Some people talk about being a “good enough” mother, rather than the perfect mother…since I”m not a mother, my version is a “good enough” person. I have this vision of this person I want to be—this very loving person…the sort of person that other people feel good around…you know these people…they are bright and smiley and warm and people tend to gravitate towards them like moths b/c it feels so good to be around their warmth. My role model is someone like Jimmy Carter…have you ever seen him move in a crowd of people? How he looks at everyone, treats everyone equally as warm whatever their “station” in life….and he is so noble and does such good work in the world.

    But of course I fall so short! I’m not much like Jimmy Carter at all. After my parents visit, I felt bad because I had wanted to be more like my vision of a “loving person”…instead I was a little muted…and on a couple of occasions, cranky and sharp. I had to lower my standards. I was “good enough” and I did what _I_ could, what I was capable of, to be a good host…I made their meals..took them to museums…made their room nice and comfortable…I think they actually had a good time…but I felt short of this very rosey vision I have in my mind of what a “loving person” looks like. So yes, your quote is comforting…and it does take a lot of courage just to try and be a half way decent person sometimes…and it’s heroic that we try, and that we want to be.

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