Usually I start Mondays off feeling focused and prepared. However, this morning our house is in disarray, not just because we had two cranky girls yesterday, but because our master bathroom demolition starts this week (before pictures soon!), which means stuff is everywhere. Still, it was a good weekend.
David and I had a date night on Saturday. I’m finding these are starting to be easier to come by as Kaitlyn nears a year old and it’s really exciting and refreshing for our marriage. It never ceases to amaze me how many people are out ‘after bedtime.’ I fully thought this morning’s post would be a detailed overview of a new spot we tried in downtown Davidson, Kindred.
And indeed I could write a long-winded post on this fabulous new restaurant. I could brag on their simple, delicious cocktails, I could gush over the homemade milk bread that literally melts in your mouth and I certainly could rave over their menu, full of in-season, unique selections prepared to perfection. I could highlight the duck soup or giddily share how they use spent grains from Noda brewing company in their house-made pasta with morel mushrooms, but alas, our late dinner time and lack of daylight led to terrible pictures that don’t do any of the aforementioned justice. Sigh. Guess that means I’ll just have to return another day. Oh darn.
I can say though that the detail in their cozy bathroom only hints at the detail found in their dishes.
Well then. I basically did just write an entire post on the restaurant without a single food picture.
What I really meant to get to though was a little Monday morning food for thought.
A little background… We’ve started going to church more regularly, as I’ve found a pastor that really speaks to me. In fact, it almost feels like I’m walking out of a self-help/therapy session after each sermon (in an uplifting/motivating way) which works well for me, as I used to be a self-help section junkie. You know, when I used to have time to read. I’m always game for examining life and trying to better myself.
Anyway, yesterday he touched on struggles, and how though our struggles might take different forms, at the core we all struggle with same overall ideas- acceptance, belonging and our own insecurities. He said he was once asked once if criticism affected him and his answer really resonated with me.
He said: Any external criticism I’ve received has only affected me to the level that my internal insecurities have let it.
I couldn’t help thinking about how true this is for me. I’ve heard my fair share of spiteful words and criticisms, as I’m sure we all have, but the only ones that get through and sting me are the ones that touch on areas I already feel vulnerable about. If I start working on healing and accepting those parts of me, then I can really be free. After all, if you truly love yourself, then who cares what anyone else thinks of you? It follows the same line of thinking as another one of my favorite quotes:
…too heavy for a Monday?
Ok, friends, I’ll wrap it up. I hope you are heading into this week feeling refreshed and confident in just being you!
…And if you aren’t, grab another cup of coffee and high-five the mirror on your way out the door 😉
Are you a quote fan?
What is your favorite motivating quote?