Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
Physical exertion cures sorrow and anger.
Get as much human contact as possible, good, bad, ugly, beautiful, and LEARN from it!
Make people earn your love and loyalty.
Be a brick wall of protection for the people and animals under your care.
Always keep your house clean enough to have guests.
My husband and I both tend to think, Life will be better when....
Just recently I have adopted this new motto to help me make the most of each situation and be the best I can be NOW.
If you're suffering, look for whatever it is that you're stuffing out of sight. It's probably something you don't want to think about. Be fearless, bravely think about it!
I used to have a signature that said something like, "how you spend your days is how you spend your years". That isn't the quote exactly, and darn it, I can't find it. Regardless, it's a great concept to keep in mind, especially hear at MDC!!
"This, too, shall pass." ~ proverb.
Laura - Mom to ds (10) and dd (7) "Time stands still best in moments that look suspiciously like ordinary life." Brian Andreas.
Have things in your house you find beautiful.
Find a form of activity you love - making time for it will be easier
Spend oodles of time doing fun stuff with your kids.
learn when to let go - on big issues and small.
Do not overdrink or smoke - both are so not worth it.
Keep a gratitude journal. This has been life changing for me. I just jot down little things every day. On the bad days, I go back and look at previous years' journals. Then I know that it's gonna be all right.
William Henry Channing
We gain strength, courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face. We must do that which we think we cannot.
to DD 1 & DD 2 & engaged to DF
That's what I ask myself when I'm trying to keep myself from overreacting. While the incident in question may not matter tomorrow, my reaction to it could linger for years in the memories of my children.
Chaotic mama to 5 plus a bonus one on the way.
Most of the time if something makes me mad, I feel it would be unfair for me to have to bottle my emotions and act calm. So then I overreact... and then I feel terrible about it later...
Not saying bottling feelings is a good idea. But having some restraint is. lol.
do something you are self concious about. i was brought up to be a well behaved girl. everything was frowned upon. and then i read about john lennon's memories of his mom doing goofy things and i became that mom. dd and i crack up till we cant walk from all the goofy things i do in public. i get dirty looks but some actually get it and smile back.
i take myself out on a date. whether alone or with dd. if i am alone i loooove going to my fav. cafe and eating whatever depending on how much money i have and reading a book. i just love doing it on my own.
i love going for movies on my own. and then walking home after the last show on a cool summer evening.
If you can't get out to an activity (singing group, craft group, improv theatre, pottery class) because you have a small baby, start a group yourself at home. It might be more amateur, but it'll be something. I chafed for months and months about not being able to join a choir, and now we have a six-person singing group that meets at my house, and DD can sing all of "Panic Angelicus". I'm thinking of starting another group where my friends all bring their craft projects over and we blitz through them.
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