The importance of being important

This article has previously been published on Pebbles and Piggytails. It has been republished here with permission.

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  • Today I while I was prepping dinner and habitually dicing tomatoes for our tacos, My Man got an emergency call from the hospital that he had to quickly respond to. He didn't have time to explain, he just rushed out the door. And I remember thinking as the door slammed behind him, "Sometimes I wish I had something IMPORTANT to do."

  • And then I immediately stopped myself from my own thinking and said to myself, "Now hold on, Lisa. You know better than that."I paused my tomato dicing and looked out the kitchen window. I saw Baby Girl and Little Son out there teaching our new puppy, Honey, how to fetch a tennis ball. They were both giggling at the dog's antics, a soft breeze was blowing, and it was actually quite a picturesque scene - straight from a Hallmark commercial. And maybe it was just God's way of reminding me of something I already knew: ORDINARY, EVERYDAY THINGS are IMPORTANT too.

  • There's more to it than just that though. Let me explain.

  • You have to remember that my husband is in the medical field. It can be hard to compete with a person who is in the profession of saving lives. That's pretty IMPORTANT. Sometimes I can't see how dicing tomatoes and watching children play in the backyard can even compare with that. But I learned something recently that has helped me a lot (and apparently I need to tell it to myself more often). I want to pass onto you. It is that JUST BECAUSE ONE PERSON DOES SOMETHING IMPORTANT, IT DOESN'T MEAN WHAT YOU DO IS LESS IMPORTANT.

  • I actually say all the time to my children, "Just because someone is pretty, it doesn't mean you are not." or "Just because someone has a talent, doesn't mean you do not have one."

  • Just because my daily tasks as a mom seem more ordinary to the world, does not mean that what I do is not IMPORTANT. In fact, it's exactly the opposite. Heaven knows Motherhood is one of the most powerful and vital roles a woman can have. It's a role that changes and shapes society and the generations of the future. It's a role that brings love and security and happiness to the world. That's pretty IMPORTANT.

  • So just remember you're a "V.I.P" — sing with me now — "in your family." No, really ... don't ever forget how IMPORTANT your role of a mom is. You are changing the world, one child at a time.

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Lisa believes in making each day meaningful. She runs a website called Pebbles and Piggytails and it's about inspiring mothers through hard parenting moments. Motherhood is not about perfection – it’s about surviving (with a smile). She was hit by an intoxicated driver when she was six months pregnant.  Because she lived through it, she believes in making the most of each day. Her blog is full of ways to enjoy children, safety ideas, tips, recipes, crafts, funny parenting stories, and the lessons she's learned. http://www.pebblesandpiggytails.com/

 

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