This morning as everyone got ready for school and such, I became overwhelmed by feeling Unseen.

One kid needed a note at the very last minute before she ran out the door.
Another kid was complaining because, although she had plenty of socks in her drawer, her “favorite” socks were not clean.
And the youngest says he needs a black Sharpie for Math. Today – if possible.
Then my husband used one of the flour tortillas I was planning to use for a meal, for his breakfast.

Other mornings, this could happen and I’d be fine. In fact, as I type this, I’m thinking, “Geez, Janet. Buck up! Your life isn’t hard.”

But, for whatever reason, this morning. This Monday morning. It culminated in me feeling like Nobody Sees Me. Me.

After everyone got on their way, I walked and prayed it out. After confessing all my insecurity to God, other people came to mind. People who may be feeling unseen in more difficult circumstances came to mind…specifically a dear friend who’s going to Johns Hopkins again looking for a sure diagnosis for his ailments.

Somehow, miraculously, I was able to take all my feelings of not being seen and turn them into prayers for others who might feel the same way. The emotion behind my own sense of invisibility didn’t disappear, but my heart and mind were turned outward.

Maybe this encourages you today? Take a negative, untrue label you are struggling with today and turn it into prayer or an act of kindness for someone else who also might be struggling with that label. I think it will help you get to the next thing in your day.

PS: I’m ordering “Unseen: The Gift of Being Hidden in a World That Loves to Be Noticed” by Sara Hagerty today.