Before I get to today’s post proper, to anyone who would like to comment on my blog and is unsure of how to do so, it’s easey-peasey. All you have to do is enter a name (your own or a pen name, if you prefer), a valid e-mail address and then your comment. That’s it. No membership is required and your comment will pop up right away unless you’re suspected of being a spammer, in which case I have to approve your comment first. Now it has been noted multiple times by those who know me that I can be hard on myself. I don’t deny that I am, so it wasn’t exactly a newsflash last week when my older sister shared at the Bible study class we’re both in how I’m overly hard on myself. She said I don’t always see the progress I’m making or I underplay my victories, saying something along the lines of “I’m bad at XYZ, and, oh yeah, I can run 5K” like it’s not big deal as I fail to see the discipline I’m developing to have reached that goal. (Older sisters can be so . . . right, far too many times.)
And I know I’ve done the same thing here – focused on my weaknesses while underplaying my strengths. I think part of the issue is I don’t want to become a proud, “I’m-so-much-better-than-you” type of a person. I want to be humble. After all, God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble (Proverbs 3:34, 1 Peter 5:5). But, as Charles H. Spurgeon is recorded as having said, “Humility is to make a right estimate of one’s self.” And I know that is something I have struggled to do for a good chunk of my life.photo © 2004 Beverly | more info (via: Wylio)
So in the interest of some blogging balance, my house may not (yet) be organized with ‘a place for everything, and everything in its place’ and whatnot, but here are a ½ dozen things I have accomplished:
- This morning I ran three miles (4.8K (5K if you round up!)) in 30 minutes.
- I’ve been posting blog updates three times/week since March of this year (may have missed one or two, but that’s about it).
- In seven years I have completed six manuscripts – each at a minimum 50,000 words – each November as part of the NaNoWriMo challenge.
- For 11 years I was self-employed as a housecleaner and did not lack work for the majority of that time (tithing works, people!).
- I’m a pretty awesome auntie.
- I can make my husband laugh. He’s a funny guy in his own right, so I consider it a win when I make him laugh.
Now, in all seriousness, I do know there are people who have accomplished bigger and grander things. People may be reading this and thinking of all the things I could have or should have listed. And that’s fine. This is simply my chronicling of some of my steps toward having a ‘right estimate’ of myself – the bad and the good.