Life is 50/50

Happy Thankful Thursday!!  What are you thankful for today?

My nugget of gratitude this week is for the understanding of the universal truth, “There is opposition in all things.”  

Life is 50/50 and to expect it to be otherwise is a recipe for: suffering, disappointment and self-sabotage.  I’m so grateful for the normalcy and grace this divine law grants for bad days, crappy execution and unmet hopes.  I am thankful I no longer feel the need to beat myself up for my weaknesses, failures and flaws.  Instead I can remember, it’s not supposed to be awesome all the time and I’m not supposed to be perfect.  We are here to grow and it’s the hard 50% of life that inspires the biggest changes toward that growth.

In the past I was so much like the house elf in the Harry Potter movies, Dobby, who would have to beat himself up and punish himself for certain behaviors. There is liberation in recognizing we are all human— striving to do our best, but often falling short.  It’s the acceptance and allowance of the difficult 50% that allows us to say, “Ok this is what IS… so now what?”  In this way our stumbling blocks become stepping stones.  

I offer this Thankful Thursday message to you today in hopes that as you celebrate Mother’s Day, you realize being a mom is also 50/50.  You will be INCREDIBLE at it, at least 50% of the time and that is just right.  Your kids will be really hard at least 50% of the time and nothing has gone wrong. May the understanding of the universal truth, “There is opposition in all things” allow you to more effectively access grace for you and for all the mothers in your life.  It is supposed to be a sticky, beautiful, exhilarating, exhausting, wonderful mess.

I love this quote by L.R. Knost,

 “Life is amazing. And then it’s awful. An then it’s amazing again.  And in between the amazing and awful it’s ordinary and mundane and routine. Breathe in the amazing, hold on through the awful, and relax and exhale during the ordinary.  That’s just living heartbreaking, soul-healing, amazing, awful, ordinary life.  And it’s breathtakingly beautiful.”

Gratefully yours,

Candice Noss