I was thinking about LOVE the other day.
Not particularly the love between two partners. Or the love parents have for their children, although both are precious and were involved in it.
I was thinking about it in respect of the work I was doing.
When you work for yourself, and by yourself as most writers do, you’re often looking for help and support wherever you can find it. there are no colleagues or work mates to see each day, bounce ideas off, solve your problems, or give you a morning’s encouragement. So I was looking for that through reading. And I came across this question: What is the word that describes what you want in life and which would drive your decisions?
Someone had quoted ‘freedom’. But that wasn’t my word, I reckoned. So what would my word be?
It took some thinking about before I came to the conclusion that my word would be LOVE.
Love is what fuels our focus, binds us to our important people, drives our purpose and weaves threads of pleasure to hold our day together with something other than work. Whether that’s love for each other, loving to care, love for our homes and our sanctuary in whatever form, love for our lifestyle and work indirectly as it may seem hard but helps us buy the things we need. Even with the imperfections that there inevitably will surely be, there is still love.
But sometimes it gets buried.
When you’re a parent you get anxious. It’s impossible not to really. When you’re a home educating parent that anxiety can get doubled. Although it shouldn’t be; home educating is no more of a threat to our kids’ well being and education than school is! But going against the groove of convention doesn’t often ignite feelings of confidence, and sometimes we need confidence to love.
The trouble with anxiety is that it can mask love.
So this post is just a reminder to say; remember the LOVE as you parent and home educate.
You had children because of love. Your parent practices evolved because you love your kids. And you home educate because you wanted to do what you thought was right by them.
But don’t let an intensity over education mask the real important gentle love that you need to give time for. Do things some days just for love. See what transpires.
I know that there were days I got too intense and messed up because I lost touch with the important love.
So I thought I’d just bring that to the forefront of your thinking.
Have a lovely day!
And do let me know what your word would be!