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Monday Mottoes – #69

walk-awayWe experienced a major breakdown recently. Not in the car, in the family. It could be at your work, in your health, along the lines of your education. Ours happened in the home.

Not ideal. Not my cup of tea. Not what I expected.  Somehow the holidays didn’t help.

So I called a family council meeting. That means the kids in their jammies on the living room floor after a couple of horrific days. For you, it might be a staff meeting where you need to lay down the law or brainstorm. It 7183a2f6a58577a50a26976300350ce3could be a relationship where you need to hammer out the parameters or address some paranoid tendencies.

Things go awry in life. Let’s just hope and pray that it’s not constant. Have your breakdown, but get back up. Nothing is truly hopeless unless you throw in the towel, and believe me, we’ve all been tempted.

family-meeting-in-kitchenI have removed all towels from our house.

During our talks, there were honest opinions expressed, while some totally shut down, others dared to hope for a better day, some were angry, we ran the full gamut of opinions. The family took a couple of votes. One talked over others and wouldn’t let them get a word in edgewise. I set boundaries and asked them to chill.

It brought us full-circle and we ended with prayer and heartfelt hugs. A few tears were boundariesshed on everyone’s part.

You see, nobody gets in trouble in our house for being honest. But hurting others with our words is unnecessary and that’s a skill that can be learned. Trying to escape the conversation by uttering, “I dunno” doesn’t fly, either. But honesty gets you somewhere that drama does not. Which brings us to today’s motto:

B4SzP78CEAALpvb“There comes a time in life when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. Surround yourself with people who make you laugh, forget the bad, and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you right. Pray for the ones who don’t. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is part of life, getting back up is living.” ~José N. Harris

If I followed this completely, I would have left some family members and some work situations long, long ago. Not all of us can enjoy a stroll in the park every day. But we can stand up for ourselves, hope against hope, and somehow get back up to try again.

When you’re knocked down, don’t stay down. You can get up, oh yes, you can.

Happy Monday, everyone!

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