Good Morning Friends,
This morning’s post isn’t the one I intended. But I think that’s the beauty of blogging. It evolves organically. We write in the moment, as life unfolds, and we journey along together watching everything like a giant soap opera. This morning I’m still in my pajamas. I’m trying to get over this cold. (Thank you for all the love and well wishes! You guys are the sweetest! ❤ ). Now that the weather is cold we are cranking on the space heaters. Normally, “Little Me” would be squealing right about now, ready to bake, cook, and settle in for the holiday season. And I am…. but the circuit in half of my tiny home blew. My husband flipped the switch on the breaker box and nothing happened. Desperate to get heat, we ran an extension cord from the other side of the house to the space heaters and began to warm things up.
Isn’t it funny how stress can make tempers flare? In the heat of the moment (no pun intended), my “tween”-age daughter decided to mouth off to me. I took a breath, as all of us parents need to do on a continual basis. I repeated my request and went on. I heard stomping and huffing as she did her chores. “This is SO STUPID!!” she finally snapped at me. Somewhere between the lethargy of being sick, the cold in the house, and just plain annoyance, my mood shifted. She had smacked the lioness and now it was my turn to discipline. I spun right around and pointed at her.
“You know what?!” I snapped, “at least we aren’t sinking!”. I had her full attention.
“What does that mean?” she hissed at me.
“I get that you’re mad. And I get that you don’t want to do your chores this morning. But things could be A LOT worse!” I reminded her, “In Kiribati, the entire island is sinking into the sea. The entire population in the country is slowly having to leave to Vanuatu!”.
“…..Where is Kiri–” she began. “GOOGLE IT!” I roared and walked off to finish my morning chores.
Case closed and she ended up googling Kiribati. Upon reflection after I had calmed down I realized that: yes, it would be easy to say “when it rains, it pours”. But, I really don’t like taking a negative point of view. The heat will get fixed. I have a clean, tidy, safe home over my head. I have clothes on my back, and food in my belly. It’s easy to let stress overwhelm us. It’s easy to succumb to the pull of life, trying to yank us into the undertow.
But it’s in those times that I choose to keep looking up. Things will get better. This too shall pass. Nothing stays forever. And so we’ll rise. 🙂 My cold will be fine. Life will move on, and I’m going to do some fabulous things on here for all of you! I’m very excited about it. 🙂
What is your mantra that you say in times of stress? Comment and let me know! I’d love to hear from you. ❤
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