Mondays with Mom

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Mom isn’t going to let you down.  I may be a little late but I am here.

I had a very busy weekend with both girls in town for Stevie’s Bridal Shower.  It was a beautiful day outside and in.  If Stevie ever doubted that she was loved she should remember that day.  And yes, I do know Stevie.  She is my best friend.

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This time you are really going to get Motherly advice.  I know, I tried not to be that way, but I can’t help it.  Today I’d like to talk about rolling with the punches.  Doesn’t it seem like life’s little mishaps seem to come in great big piles?  I am not perfect by any means and I would give a million bucks to be better at rolling with the punches.  But I have met people who are really good at it, and I have met people who are not.  Those who have mastered the art of “rolling” have a much better outlook on life and are continually content with what they have.

It easy to be bitter and its easy to argue with people who cross your path.  Of course you want to be heard, and of course you have important things to say.  But have you ever tried “rolling” with people?  When I started to learn that “rolling” was making my life  much easier, it was hard to do.  I had to actively remind myself that I need to keep my mouth shut.  Take a step back.  Get a good look.  Will the issue wait until I’ve had a chance to get a good night’s sleep?

What I found was that my ability to work with the issue was much clearer and I was more effective.  And other times, I have to tell myself to take it head on so that it is over with.  Its like a dinner plate.  You know when it is too full.  Sometimes you just have to get through.

Helen Keller said …”the only way to the other side is through.”  She knew what it was like to get through life with hardships and handicaps.   

Maybe it comes down to worry.  There is so little we can change by worrying about it.  And we can plan and anticipate all we want about what might happen but when it comes right down to it, our worry and planning did no good.

I know that this approach sounds all rose colored glasses, and perhaps it is.  But if you take a little extra time to figure out life’s mishaps when they come to you, you will find that they come much easier.

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