FMF: long

During this series, I'll be participating in Kate Motaung's Five-Minute Fridays. She issues a one-word prompt to inspire five minutes of writing. These short posts may not be anything spectacular, because the purpose is to write and post, without over thinking (or even that much editing). So we'll let this be what it is, and I'll see what I can do about tying in each prompt into my theme of living contentedly.


How easy it is to wish for something different, to yearn for better days. I'll look back on certain periods in my life and marvel at how beautifully simple they were, and sometimes I wish to go back to those days even if just for a little bit. 

Some days I long to be taken care of by someone else, to yield up my boss-of-the-house role for a time. Yesterday was an especially trying day as far as motherhood goes, and I ended up collapsing on the couch feeling both mentally and emotionally battered. It was just so hard. I wanted out.

Yes, I know those moments of wanting out do pass, that ultimately I wouldn't really want to be anywhere else. But sometimes you do. And maybe we would do well to let those moments of discontent ride their course as well as we allow the whole seasons of discontent. I went to sleep last night already feeling exhausted by tomorrow's demands of toddlerhood. But I woke up today, perhaps not feeling as content as I prefer, but feeling better, better enough to face another day. 

Sometimes we long for easier times, for happier and simpler moments. And that's okay, as long as we eventually buckle up and face what's given us.


This post is part of a 31-day series on contented living. You can find the other posts here.


Abigail McDonald said...

Oh Charlotte, I've had those days. Especially lately, as my entire family has been sick. I have two boys and one is still a toddler. He wears. me. out. This season will pass, friend. Have a nice cup of coffee or tea today and take a little breather if you can. It's a beautiful job but it's tough! -Abby (visiting from FMF)

Leigh said...

It's never greener on the other side. Everyone has something, some time or another that makes life feel this way.

Diana said...

Love this post Charlotte. I think we all feel as you do where we long for different simpler days. Sometimes I miss our days in Provo when everyone would come to my house and we would have Lost nights and the Office nights :) Then I remember there were hard days during those simple days too.

You're such a great mom to Asher, even on hard days he is very lucky to have you :) xoxo

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