Sunday, July 25, 2010

So Inspired...Words to Live By...22

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The moment one definitely commits oneself,
then providence moves too. 
All sorts of things occur to help one
that would never otherwise have occurred.
~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe


I don't like to cook.   Actually, I don't like having to cook everyday meals.   Thanksgiving dinner?  Love it.   Food for a family get-together or party.  Love it!   Baking...I adore it.  But cook breakfast, lunch, dinner?  Count me out.   Maybe I'm just burned out.  As a stay-at-home-mom for so many years, I cranked out some pretty decent meals every day.  EVERY day.   Quite the feat considering I had one extremely picky eater and two others that had, shall we say, a somewhat limited palate. 

For the past school year with all three kids off to college, cooking had become a bit easier.  The hubby will eat pretty much anything.   But now it's summertime and 2 kids are home which means back to the drawing board with figuring out what to fix.

This evening my hubby was working, my son had opted for fast food (I don't complain...he NEEDS those extra calories!) and I was heading out the door to have dinner with a friend.  So to ease my mommy-guilt over eating out while my daughter was left home with a half empty fridge, I asked if she would like me to fix her something.  Her response to "what would you like me to cook for you?" was "I don't know what I want." 

I wanted to scream! 

Actually, I wanted to say..."I can't help you if you don't know what you want!" 

And that, as they say, was my "Oprah A-ha moment."

I have been waiting for some time now for providence to move.  For the universe to rise up and meet me.   For the path to be laid out before me.  BUT providence is waiting for me.  Waiting for ME to decide.  Providence cannot move until I figure out what it is that I really, truly want.   What I am willing and eager to commit to. 

After years of living my life for my kids it's a little daunting (although also exciting!) to make those decisions {somewhat} free of the mommy-strings.   I've had some general ideas rolling around in my head for awhile but I think it's time to get clear...and to commit. 

What about you?  What kinds of things have shown up in your life to help you on your journey?

Remember to stop by Tracey's blog Notes from a Cottage Industry for more inspiring quotes.


  1. What a great feeling! My boys are moving into their adult lives and I don't feel responsible for everything they do. I have more space in my brain to actually consider my life. I would not have traded the last 25 years for anything, but its great to finally have time to think about me.

  2. This is the time to stop feeling guilty and say "I'm sure you'll find something when you decide what you want"!!!

  3. I love your WORDS TO LIVE BY - I just joined the "Weekly Words" and I am trying to visit others' blogs to see THEIR weekly words. I am taking yours to heart: there IS something that I definitely have to commit myself to, so I promise to do so. I need divine intervention to help me succeed in completing it!


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