1. rhia says:

    thank you lovely 🙂

  2. Jenn says:

    just what i needed to kickstart my day(week, year).

  3. Heidi says:

    Thank you beth and actually I printed it out to refer back to….I too strugle with most if not all of this, and its so refreshing to read this piece!!!

  4. Oh wow this is so me!!

    Steph

  5. Anna C says:

    Such good stuff! Thank you for this. Too often I get obsessed with improving myself, and forget to stop and celebrate how far I’ve already come, and how proud I am of who I am right now. This was a really good reminder.

    I blogged about that, and included a quote from this post, with full credit of course. Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂
    http://momma-onamission.blogspot.com/2012/05/healthy-discontent.html

    • Beth says:

      Thank YOU, Anna! I really enjoyed your blog post and writing style. I’ll be keeping my eye on you!

  6. Melissa says:

    This is a fantastic post. Thank you for writing it.

  7. J'Ana Smith says:

    There is more value in them seeing you happy and whole than in all the perfect experiences you attempt to provide for them at the expense of your sanity.

    This is what I needed to read tonight, I’ll stop now and save more posts for later! THANK YOU SO MUCH! I will read this quote over and over. As much as I love the thought of simply enjoying and embracing life, I still fall prey to the love love love that I feel for my dear precious children, that I want the best best best for them which is often defined by the invisible “they”, and then I feel guilt guilt guilt because I can’t succeed in everything, then I keep striving harder and it’s a vicious circle on and on. Your quote gives a reason to stop that cycle. Thanks.

    • Beth says:

      I’m right there with you on this one. It took nearly going crazy to start relaxing my standards. The very phrase still incites a sense of failure in me, as if MY standards are the only ones worthy of my children! I’m working on a piece about “Mom Guilt” right now. You can check it out on Mothering.com in the next couple of days. Thanks, J’Ana!

  8. Michelle says:

    “I’m doing it for me. I’m doing it because it makes me feel alive and strong and positive. I’m doing it because I refuse to feel old until I’m like 90, not 34. Life’s too short, life’s too sweet and I’ve got about 10,000 too many things I plan to do to be limited by my body. My mental limitations are quite enough on their own. ”

    Wonderful!!

    I have started a pile of sticky notes with your quotes. They are on my desk in various places. This one rings true for me today. Again, thank you!

  9. lookingforme says:

    I stumbled upon this gem of a blog by accident, but I agree with and love what you have to say! As a junior in college, it’s sometimes a struggle to maintain balance in my life; either the social scene takes over and I neglect my schoolwork, or, as I did during finals week, the tests and papers seem insurmountable and I spend days alone in my room typing and studying away. I am most definitely going to put some of these quotes up on my wall when I get back to school on Friday!

    I just wanted to say that I, as a rather new political activist, would love to know more about how to stay hopeful on the frontlines of social injustice. Heck, I’m not even on the frontlines, and the news is still sometimes too depressing to bear! What suggestions do you have to do what, as it is turning out to be, is one’s life passion and still maintain a healthy, optimistic outlook on life?

    Thanks again!

  10. Sarah C says:

    Thank you so much. I needed to read this tonight.

  11. Sabbio says:

    I’m discovering your blog through a precious and inspirational friend and how I appreciate you sharing those thoughts and limitations among which certain are mine too 😉 Thanks for these reminders, helps and deep sentences!

  12. Kel says:

    The wisdom here is infinite. I could sticky note the entire post. And as tends to happen with your blog, I’ve read this post precisely when I needed it the most, in fact, after just writing my own journal entry entitled “the facts of my failures” … Although I thought mine was a factual, as opposed to a negative account, I can see that I need to add the truth (as opposed to the facts), inspired by the truth in your list of limitations. Without that there’s no perspective, and no lesson. Just a bunch of words whose purpose is only to make me feel worse about myself, even though I needed to get them out.

    Thank you for lighting the way again, for being so beautifully and relateably human and unafraid to share it. (Although, I’m pretty sure you are superhuman.)

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