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Monday Mottoes – #89

thMother’s Day has come and gone. The fact that I spent much of it in a tropical storm, for a few hours with my loving family and then whoosh! they were off! made it interesting to say the least. You can’t argue with peace and quiet.

I couldn’t argue with a dozen dark pink roses, IMG_3458either. Never mind that I “found” them later squished/jammed into a pitcher-doubling-as-vase, packets of flower care crystals floating unceremoniously in the water, as well-! Lol. They were beautiful flowers.

And beautiful bling… two sparkly earrings presented at breakfast. All of the kids behaving themselves and proffering heartfelt cards. Sweet.

As an adoptive mom, I recently saw a special quote which could be applied to numerous areas of life and which brings us to our motto of the day:

life“I didn’t give you the gift of life, life gave me the gift of you!”

My kids were a work-in-progress when we entered the scene of their life. Languishing in Russian orphanages, some good and some not-so-good, but most directors trying their hardest, our children came to us usually as pre-teens.

Anyone who has ever renovated a home, or come into a business project midstream, or takenmid way over an already-existing company, or married into a ready-made family knows that it’s often easier to start from scratch. Yet today, I’d like for you to consider all of the blessings and benefits of having some of the work already done for you.

Never mind if kids have to unlearn a number of bad habits. Forget about needing to pay more for a remodel than new construction. Disregard that the staff likes your predecessor more than you. Just think for a minute: it’s a moving ship and it can be guided.

Gift Giving --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

Gift Giving — Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

I think I’ve been in all of the above scenarios at some time in my life. Often, coming into anything midstream was a real pain in the neck. But it was a gift, too. It helped me to stretch and view a project from another point of view. At the very least, I could easily envision what I didn’t want-!

And that, my friends, is valuable.

Today, look at the gifts life is giving you. May they be in proportion to what you are offering… and that’s a pretty good tradeoff.

Happy Monday, everyone!

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