We live in a world where you can have dinner, tap shoes, and antique car parts all delivered to your door in an instant. You can shop for produce from the comfort of your sofa, and purchase your next book in your pajamas. We can save an endless amount of information, without worry of losing even the last four letters typed (thank you, Google), and we can see the photos we take the moment our finger pull back from that tiny white circle at the bottom of our phone screen.
In so many ways technology has improved our lives; it has made it easier for a busy mama of three to get groceries without having to manage the mid-cereal-aisle-meltdown, and it’s allowed friends across the globe to stay connected despite the thousands of miles between them. But I often find myself wondering, or worrying rather, that our digital blessings are crossing boundaries; slowly overwhelming spaces that need to be keep sacred and steady...the way they’ve always been.
Motherhood journaling intuitively sounds like a good idea: capturing silly memories of your little ones, processing the triumphs and challenges of motherhood, ending the day or week expressing gratitude for the moments that make parenthood so joyful. But then—dishes. Errands. Emails. Grocery lists. Pediatrician appointments. And on and on. How, you’re asking yourself, could I possibly make time to journal?Right, I will just add that to the list of Things That I Will Get to Someday. You know, things like scrapbooking, getting supplies for all of those adorable children’s crafts on Pinterest, and reading War & Peace. In my private practice, I work with many mothers. Often the first words out of their mouths in a session are: “I’m overwhelmed.” As a mother of two young ones I can, of course, relate to this. Always so much to do! However, like many therapists, I consider myself lucky in that I have somewhat of a personal arsenal of tools for managing stress and maintaining wellness.
This week we’re talking milestones. Where are all my pregnant mamas, brides and grooms to be, families in the process of adoption, or even those looking toward a major life change (moving homes or states or even countries)???
Milestones tend to signify the start or end of different chapters we experience in life. Some close the door on hardship, while others open it up to newness and the arrival of much anticipation.
We try hard to value people and experiences over things, but sometimes it’s the things we have that sustain our memories, that help keep them very much alive when time has weathered them. These journals can be a treasured thing, an artifact of a life well lived.
We've all had those days. The ones that leave you practically crawling into your bed, too exhausted to speak or think or take off your eye make up. A girlfriend and I once shared a laugh over being so worn out from the day that we skipped brushing our teeth and settled for a quick swish of mouthwash. And though it sounds like an exaggeration I know I'm not alone in saying any of this.