Originally Posted by VisionaryMom
Totally OT, but this sounds like an awesome opportunity!
Thanks, it truly has been
...and of course this opportunity wouldn't be the "bees knees" for everyone -- but my main point is that no one needs to jump into doing anything that they don't really want to do. The right opportunities are out there if we are willing to trust that they are out there, and just stay in a state of calm alertness so that we'll see them as they emerge.
It initially felt just awful when I realized that, realistically, I needed to start thinking about how I could bring in an income. I would lie in bed at night feeling really yucky about it. But then this faith just came to me -- faith that the right opportunity for me
was out there and it would come to me when I was ready for it.
And it did. I think the OP also has some great ideas for home-based businesses. She doesn't necessarily need to start anything right now, but just having that sense of alertness about it, and allowing her brain to start processing ideas for how to meet the financial needs of her family, can really set some wonderful things in motion -- some wonderful connections with others for one thing.
As far as the poster who is sad about the direction the thread is going -- I don't think anyone here is demeaning motherhood. I also happen to think being a dad is enough, too! But providing for our children's physical and material needs is part-and-parcel of both mothering and fathering.
When I learn about the natural cultures that many of us at MDC base a large part of our parenting philosophies on -- I think the main difference is that these cultures are based upon a way of life in which providing for material needs involves little-to-no separation of mothers from children, and also a lot less separation of fathers from children than what we see in our culture, since Dad may take off sometimes on a long hunt but he's also spending heaps of time at home in the village.
I've been reading a book by Steve Taylor called The Fall: Evidence for a Golden Age, 6000 Years of Insanity and the Dawning of a New Era
, which is kind of OT, except that one point he makes seems applicable here. He feels that unfallen peoples don't have modern man's unsatiable need to accumulate wealth, status and stuff -- which kind of tells me that they already feel like they are "enough," just as they are.
They still do what they need to do to meet the material needs of their families -- but in and of themselves they are okay -- they are enough
just as they are.
I am enough. You are enough. Right now, just as we are. We don't need degrees or job titles to prove it. We can just be
, and whatever we decide to do
can be because this is our chosen means of sharing our love and joy with the world.