Thursday, June 30, 2011

More than meets the eye

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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.

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

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

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It was all good.

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

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And the misunderstanding with a friend.

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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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?

5 comments:

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.