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Monday Mottoes – #19

gsThe holidays are soon ending and it’ll be “back to the grindstone”.  I’ve never really thought of my life like that, though.  Each day I’m alive is a joy and an adventure, trying to keep it all in perspective and enjoy the wonder of life.

But let’s face it:  some things are a grind if we allow them to be.  Asking the kids, telling the kids, commanding the kids, giving up on the kids, only to have to rinse and repeat again tomorrow.  Maybe it’s the job, maybe it’s your transportation, maybe there’s a leak in the roof, or a noisy neighbor.

It can get to you.

Which brings us to today’s motto: “Life is a grindstone. Whether it grinds us down or polishes us up 687913depends on us.”  ~Thomas L. Holdcroft

Now, I’m definitely not of the philosophical nor theological bent that believes that everything bad in life happens for our good.  No.  Many things are just downright bad.  However, those occurrences and situations can work to make us better, tougher, stronger, steadier, more committed, and more invincible.

grindstoneWe have resources at our disposal all around us.  We possess power and props that will keep us going through at full steam ahead. We won’t camp out in any less-than-ideal circumstance and throw a pity party.  No, we belong “somewhere else” (which generally has little to do with geography) and we’re headed in that direction with every step forward.

We’re polished, not ground down.  I like that.  Shining.  Buffed.  Gleaming.  Bright.  Get out there and show them your sparkle today.

Happy Monday, everyone!

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  1. avatar Sybil says:

    This reminds me of something that I liked recently. I sent it to my 10 year old grandson hoping it touches his life. I will pass it on to you.

    An old Cherokee Indian man told his Grandson, ” There is a battle between two wolves inside us all.
    One wolf is Evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies and ego.
    The other wolf is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy and truth.
    The boy thought and said, “Grandfather, which wolf wins?”
    The old man replied, “The one you feed.”

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