family finances, and social life
does not make you Wonder Woman.
It makes you Average Woman."
Roll film to a few years later. I was then married, sitting in one of my Pastor's office, overwhelmed by my responsibilities and crying about all the things I had to do. In her sweetest southern voice, this precious woman whom I deeply admire, exclaimed, "Honey, don't be upset because you have to do all those things! I am amazed you CAN do all those things. Be grateful you are able to. Didn't God make women awesome? We can wear so many different hats and do so many things gracefully. It's really amazing!" My young, self-centered mind was blown away. I'd never thought of it that way, but from that day, I never thought of it any other way.
It was as if in that moment, I was re-introduced to myself. Hello, I am average Debra Walters, and I was created to be amazing! It was a defining moment.
I'm convinced there were two reasons why I'd lost sight of my worth:
1. I was intimidated by the other amazing women around me. Surely, they all had their act together. As a wise man once said, "Comparison breeds condemnation." The more I compared myself to others, the more discouraged and overwhelmed I felt.
2. My 'amazing' was buried under a mountain of mundane. I took my God-given talents and creativity for granted because I didn't feel like I was doing anything special. I had become so familiar with my daily tasks that I lost my passion.
A few years later, inspired by the lessons God had been teaching me as He revealed himself in my weakness, I went back to Pastor Cheryl's office. I shared with her my vision to write a blog to inspire and encourage women to re-ignite their passion. When I shared my first quote with her, she jumped out of her chair. "The power to be amazing, lies in an individual's resolve to do ordinary things with extraordinary passion." She put her hand over her mouth and asked me to repeat the quote to her. Then, she repeated it back to me. She loved it! She charged me with writing down my ideas and with publishing them at the right time. That happened more than five years ago.
Over the past five years, I've been living life. Cooking meals, wiping noses, changing diapers, meeting friends for coffee, cleaning toilets, folding laundry, skipping showers, serving my parents, running errands, styling parties, managing an etsy store...you get the picture. I haven't taken over the world, haven't been on tv, nor written a book, nor made $100,000 (nope, not even in 5 years combined). I, however, feel more amazing now than I ever have in my life. What have I accomplished in the last five years? My kids think I'm an amazing mom. (I have written proof!) My husband thinks I'm an amazing partner and cook. My parents think I'm an amazing daughter. When I stopped trying to be amazing and just surrendered my average-ness to God, he took my mundane and turned it into a marvelous testimony for his glory.
If I've learned anything over these past years, it's to just continue being faithful in my post. I've been blown away at the magnitude and the reach of my testimony even while feeling like I'm doing "nothing." It's proof I don't need to try and do something for God, He wants to do something through me. All I have to do is let him.
The quote from my coffee-table book stood out to me because, as a college girl, the woman described in the quote certainly sounded like Wonder Woman. The first time I read it, I must admit, it knocked the hope out of positive little me. In reality, if all women can do those things, what it means is that we are all wired to be wonderful no matter how differently it looks. Place a hidden camera near any woman who hasn't given up on herself and what you'll find is someone amazing, whether she's running her own company or managing the home front.
It may be quite an undertaking to convince women who feel average to believe they are amazing,
but that is exactly what I intend to do in this blog. You see, I believe being amazing has nothing to do with measuring our performances one against the other, nor with measuring our achievements against our expectations, it has to do with our passion. When we believe we are average, we behave average. When we realize there is amazing potential in what we call average, we become passionate.
Passion is what empowers us to be amazing.
Welcome to my blog!