I need to start with myself. If I don’t have it for myself, I cannot give it to others.
And as Kevin and Howie said, we are in for a rough patch, and I must avoid getting distracted by all the vitriol and bullying.
This was a tough question for me to understand at first. But as I read through everyone’s responses, it became clear (to me at least) that it boils down to: how can I be true to my word? And on a deeper level: how do my actions reflect my values?
Often, I am “accused” (lol) of not speaking a lot or of having long pauses between words. I never really considered that this was my way of having integrity in my words until today. And I am grateful for this new awakening.
Kids. Always have and always will. I am very fortunate in that I work in daycare. I get to enjoy the children everyday and then I get to give them back at the end of the day. Much like a grandparent. Lol
As a family, we are going through some difficulties right now. My nearly 90 year old father is in the hospital for the first time in his life. He is being well taken care of by staff and by my brother. I am truly helpless in doing anything for them right now. And that’s ok.
Life would be so much more difficult if I were to play the victim right now; if I were to be angry at the hospital, governor, pandemic for not allowing me to see Dad in the hospital. I would be losing sleep an...
Life would be so much more difficult if I were to play the victim right now; if I were to be angry at the hospital, governor, pandemic for not allowing me to see Dad in the hospital. I would be losing sleep and be anxious throughout the day.
But that’s not how this drama is playing out.
Instead, I get to keep my wits about me.
I get to be available emotionally to my brother who has called me and sobbed on the phone.
I get to see my Dads bravery as he has a phobia of doctors and hospitals.
I get to tell my Dad how proud I am of him.
I get to say the same thing to my brother.
When I take myself out of unnecessary victimhood, I get to see the gifts that abound.
Prior to the pandemic, we were in a real fiscal crisis at home. We had trouble making rent every month.
I had to get a second job. And so I started with one of the grocery delivery companies. How prescient.
When the pandemic hit, my husband got furloughed and I got laid off from my day job.
My husband also started delivering groceries. The demand was so high in our area that all of our colleagues were working 7 days a week.
Because of this, not only were we able to ...
Because of this, not only were we able to pay rent while being laid off, but we were also able to save enough to shore up 4 months rent in case this happens again.
I am an early riser. Today peace is with me, right here. I am grateful for the second question: how can I welcome it? Just by asking that question. I recognized it was here and I am gladly receiving it.
Having to apologize! That is REALLY unexpected. I find that when I apologize, especially when I can’t see I’ve done something wrong, I get a lesson in humility.
Only it’s less of a lesson and more of an opportunity.
Like others, I kinda dont have just one.
“Even a broken clock is right twice day,” forces me to see when people I disagree with can be right. Particularly challenging these days.
“You get what you get and you don’t get upset!” Works with toddlers. Lol
“Keep it Simple” because I can complicate boiling hot water.
Eliminate unnecessary distractions. Oh so easy to say, but oh so hard to do!
As I sit here sipping on coffee, I hear the gentle song of my own parakeets waking. I know they are responding to the birds they hear outside. What a gift to experience this everyday.
Love this! That simple shift in thinking allows me to respond rather than react.
Thank you. Desperate times call for urgent action. That’s all, really.
I love when life takes these unexpected turns!
These are my thoughts exactly!
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