It’s taken me a long time to write this.
The year only started a month… almost two months ago.
I really struggled with picking my word for the year. It’s the hip thing to do in the Catholic blogging world.
What if I chose the wrong word?
What if everything I thought this year would be wasn’t?
What if I failed at truly living out my goal for the year?
As my mind churned and churned, my anxiety heightened. I found myself comparing myself to others – not feeling good enough, feeling like an imposter. Who am I really to be writing a blog about motherhood, faith, and science?
Then I stopped. I paused. I thought about why I started this blog. And it wasn’t to reach a huge following. It was for me to share my thoughts. I began it therapeutically. So I could feel some peace in my mind and thoughts
And there it was: Peace.
How do I find peace this year? What will I do to bring about peace in my life and to those around me?
As I thought more about this word, I found myself drawn to the words of Saint Teresa of Calcutta: “What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.”
Peace is simple. And yet for those who struggle with anxiety, it can be a mountain to climb. I can go weeks without feeling a sense of peace. But those moments of peace are beautiful. It’s waking up before everyone else to sit in the quiet and just be. It’s waking to nurse a baby in the middle of the night when everything else is still. It’s the stillness in lab in the early morning when no one else has arrived.
So how do I find peace beyond those still moments even in the hustle and bustle of life? And how do I share that peace with others around me?