Listable Life at moments that define life has this week thrown down the gauntlet of sharing five things about ourselves that we're proud of. I've been pondering for a couple of days and found it hard to find my own stuff, rather than Rachel's, which I'm proud of achieving; but I've finally written it.
1. Living with depression and an eating disorder
I have come to accept and embrace the fact that I have periods of depression. This does not mean I give into them, rather it means that I have learned to accept them and the help needed to deal with them. In the same way I have accepted by eating disorder and work every day to stay in recovery. It is a miracle in my life and I'm proud that I've come to a place that I can live with this with God's help.
2. Being a civil engineer
I am proud that I have a degree in civil engineering, worked in the industry for 10 years and ran my own internationally respected value and risk management facilitation company for three years. I worked hard, I enjoyed my work and I am proud of what I achieved.
3. Speaking at conferences
I am proud that as an engineer I spoke at conferences all over the world; and I am even more proud that in my new vocation as a minister I am again being asked to share my experience, hopes and concerns.
4. Being able to be wrong
This must seem strange but it has taken a long time for me to ok with being wrong. I am proud that I have learned to embrace my mistakes, learn from them and move on. This is one of the most important things I want to give to Rachel; the truth that being wrong is important - it means you're learning.
5. Being a loving mum
I am proud of Rachel and I am proud of my part in the amazing girl she is. For years I was scared of being a mum for fear of repeating the patterns of generations gone before, but now I know that I am changing the pattern. I make mistakes often (see #4) but overall I think I'm a good mum and I'm proud of that.
What are you proud of?
Share, I'd love to know.