My friend Jamie posted yesterday about what makes her feel awesome. I had to laugh when I read it, because she and I are similar in this respect. Well, she gets a charge out of washing diapers, and I don't - or didn't, rather - but we're alike in what makes us feel good. Accomplished. Domestic. Fulfilled. I got to thinking about what makes me feel like I've accomplished something, and I realized that it's just little things that make me feel good.
I have a cousin whose wife is the CEO of a company, and she's always lifted up by the unsaved members of our family as an example of what a woman can do to make herself valuable. Look at what E did; she started at the bottom and worked her way up; she's a self-made woman. This cousin-in-law of mine is a very nice lady - I like her - but she has the world's philosophy of a woman's worth. My sister has 7 children, and you just know what they say about that! LOL How on earth does she take care of that many children? I think they feel sorry for her. My almost-21-year-old youngest sister is good at decorating cakes, and wants to someday make a home business of it. Everybody thinks it's great - get a little shop, build a business. But that's not what she's talking about. She's talking about something that she can do with children at her feet, while her husband is at work - at home. I think all the relatives are hoping that my youngest sister will have some sense and "make something of herself" - as if Robyn and I haven't.
All this rambling is coming to a point, and that is that it doesn't take running a business to make me feel fulfilled. It doesn't take making a lot of money, or traveling around the country or the world (one of the objections to my getting married when I did was that I needed to travel and see the world while I was young), or having a big house or a fancy car. Here are some things that make me feel fulfilled:
Walking past my bedroom and it's neat and clean
Looking into the kitchen and the floor is shining
Pulling a pan of fresh-baked yeast rolls out of the oven
Putting a hearty meal on the table
Knowing that we have enough food for the week
Clearing out the dishwasher before it's time to load it (the kids like that too!)
Having everyone linger at the table after they've finished eating
Wearing something that I made myself - or seeing someone else wear something that I made (if it looks good - I have to be honest about that! LOL)
Canning or freezing extra produce or making jelly
Getting all the laundry done, folded and ready to wear
I'm sure I could think of more. Like Jamie, this doesn't mean that I always do these things or that I do them well all the time. Sometimes I don't do many of them at all. And this isn't an exhaustive list. It's just off the top of my head. Jamie's post struck a chord with me, so I thought I'd blog about it, and ask YOU - what makes you feel good?