“What about you, Mommy? Do you feel like that? “
“That” and this question were inspired by watching, “The Shift,” Wayne Dyer’s film about waking up to life. The film has been released by the family to honor Dr. Dyer’s life.
It chronicles the lives of several people in the midst of transitions, amongst whom is a mom of small children. She has happily given all of herself to her family; as a result, her individual sense of self has been consumed by the roles of “wife” and “mother.” Viewers watch her rekindle her love of drawing, something she cherished as a younger woman.
I had seen the film before, and although Kai is only eight and a half, he has always been very intuitive and had an emotional depth beyond his years. So, I figured my little yoda could handle it; he teaches me things every day.
After watching that segment, he turned to me and said, “What about you, Mommy? Do you feel like that? “
Wow. I was so struck by his empathy, compassion, and understanding! I felt my child look at me.
Not “Mom.” Or, “Wife.” Or “Professor.” Or any of the other labels that could apply.
I thanked him for asking and told him I would have to say I am ambivalent, that while Daddy is great about encouraging me to take time for myself, I also still struggle to make and take that time for me and that after years of making sure everyone else’s needs have been met, I am sometimes at a loss for what would inspire my soul.
But, I am working on figuring it out again. ❤
(If you want to watch The Shift for free click here: The Shift