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Six weeks is a long time to disappear, I know. But when you’ve got a cute little baby girl (who will only sleep if mama holds her) time somehow becomes more fluid. Especially when the days drag on like the sixth viewing in a row of “Up”. But somehow, the weeks managed to fly by… And that’s where I found myself this last Sunday as we had our little girl blessed at church.
A baby blessing has two parts to it.
The first is to present the baby to the congregation. Because, really, who doesn’t want to see the new baby in the congregation?? They’re going to hear her crying at some point during church, so they might as well think about how cute she is, right?
The other half is a prayer – it’s to ask for specific blessings from heaven. Each prayer is special and unique and beautiful – just like each baby and each family. Our baby’s blessing was everything I hoped for – and then some. (Yes, I cried.)
There was only one snag during the whole event…
…No, it wasn’t a blowout (thankfully)! It was me dealing with the conflicting emotions of being recognized publicly.
Our local congregation has a tradition of recognizing the mother of the baby before the blessing, too. And being recognized, in public, for doing something hard and amazing somehow leaves me feeling… well, conflicted.
Why? Well, because even though I did that hard and amazing thing, I don’t want to be seen as (or be) someone who makes it all about themselves. Maybe it’s a hangup from how I grew up. Or maybe it’s because it’s something cultural that we teach.
You see, letting guilt take away from your accomplishments is something that we all need to address.
Because doing amazing things is something that should be recognized. (In fact, I love it when they recognize the other new moms and babies at church!) It’s something that should leave each of us feeling proud, happy, and joyful – whether we’re the one who accomplished their goals or we’re celebrating someone else.
So I’m going to work through that hangup, however it came about.
Because sharing and celebrating your accomplishments (rather than letting guilt take away from your accomplishments) is something that I want to do, even when they’re my own. And I want to celebrate your accomplishments, too! After all, celebrating awesomeness and achieving accomplishments will only help to further recognize and incentivize goal-setting and accomplishments.
And that means that I’m going to have to be okay with sharing my accomplishments. Not because I’m some glory-hog or attention whore. But because I honestly want to share with you. Because I want to inspire those around me to reach for more – because it is reachable!
So today let’s quit letting guilt take away from your accomplishments. Let’s celebrate something we’ve each done.
Because, do you know what? Having a baby is hard work! Raising children is hard work. Going to school is hard work. Going to work every day is draining and ought to be celebrated! Oh, and not burning dinner is, some days, a miracle.
So feel free to celebrate. Ditch the guilt – you’re not being an attention-seeking crazy person. What we’re doing is celebrating you. We’re celebrating your hard work, dedication, and your accomplishments.