Thursday, June 30, 2011

More than meets the eye


One of the things I tell my kids from time to time 
is that you never know what makes people act the way they do.


Last week was one of "those" weeks for me.


We had a lot going on with all those ball games.  
And Bethany's birthday and Father's Day.


It was all good.


Well, except for the dead battery and getting stranded at a gas station.


And the misunderstanding with a friend.


And hearing my neighbor's moving truck pull away 
only to realize she was already gone and I hadn't said goodbye.


And the car dying again after being "fixed",
and getting a ticket for leaving it overnight in the ball field parking lot--
even though we called the police
and told them we would have it towed the next day.


And the sunny weekend forecast turning rainy and chilly.  AGAIN.


You know, every bit of that could have turned out much worse.  SO much worse.


But there were a few times when my insides were wound so tight 
that I was just praying no one would cross me
and become the unfortunate victim of my stress.


I'm so thankful that people were kind to me.
It helped me to not completely lose sight of the beauty.


You never do know what makes people act the way they do--
unless you take the time to find out.
Kindness is always a good way to go.

So what about you?
What is something you tell your kids
(or yourself)
from time to time?


StitchinByTheLake said...

Tracy my favorite right now for when I'm frustrated with someone is "God loves him/her as much as He loves you." Puts things in perspective very quickly and puts me in my place, where I belong! :) blessings, marlene

Melissa B. said...

Sounds like a bittersweet week. But you know what, Tracy P.? You always seem to put the emphasis on the "sweet." I'm a glass-half-full person, too. Hope this week is going better for you. Love your Superior Snaps!

Skeller said...

such a great reminder! thank you :)

Crazy Sister said...

Well, I thought this post was going to be about Transformers. More than meets the eye...

But poor you, so much stress! You handle things well, I think.

Life with Kaishon said...

I am so sorry about your very bad week. I am so unkind sometimes. I don't mean to be. Sometimes the kids make me crazy. I act like a lunatic. Thank you for reminding me to be kind.