No, this definitely isn’t a Nike promo; but this is what I’ve heard several women say when speaking about their role as a mother. “You don’t have time to think about it, you just do it.” How true it is. As a military wife and mother of two boys ages 6 and 3, I have to agree that when it comes to being a mom through all the good and bad, and realistically speaking there can be a lot of bad; you don’t have time to dwell, you just do it.
Last night while watching Oprah Winfrey and Maria Shriver, The ‘Paycheck to Paycheck’ Town hall, those same words stuck out to me,“you just do it”. Mom after mom said those four words and the others would nod and applaud in agreement. Single mothers, married mothers, some with degrees, some working more than one job, but regardless of the differences of situation, they shared commonalities in that they were mothers and they were financially struggling. Some admitted to being on the “brink”; meaning they’re not quite over but they’re right at the edge. To their list of commonalities I must add that they are extremely strong.
Their strength and poise inspired me. I’m sure we can all call out a time of struggle in our life, a time we felt we were right on the brink of disaster but we managed to hold it together one more day, then another day and so on. The mothers said their faith kept them from giving up; they have to believe that it will get better or else they would lose it. They called out their children’s names and having to be strong for them. Deciding what bill to pay and what to let get cut off, the guilt of your children wanting and asking for things their peers have but you can’t get it, going without eating so your child can eat well, putting on the strong front at work and the school functions when inside you’re torn apart, when really you cry yourself to sleep most nights then pull it together in the morning and “Just do it”. That is strength and a whole lot of faith.
See these women didn’t look ran down they were put together and articulated very well. This could be you reading this right now. Or your situation may not be the same but there may be something you’re facing; career, a goal, something where it seems day by day it gets harder to keep going and you feel you’re on the brink. I want to charge you to “Just do it”. Every time you feel like giving up, “Just do it”. Hold on to your faith and believe that there will be a change, things will get better. Someone is counting on you to make it. Your purpose is counting on you to make it. You’ve come too far to give up now, “Just do it”. You will meet your reward. In addition, take heed to be kind to others, you never know what lies behind their smile.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” Deut. 31:6 (Pic Source)
My name is Tinita Tennant. I am a 28-year-old wife and mother. I am a Certified Holistic Life Coach (CHLC), writer, motivational speaker and spoken-word artist. My purpose is to inspire and motivate people to be their best selves and to contribute myself to creating positive change in our communities, especially among the African-American community. For more information about me and my services, visit http://www.tinitatennant.com/