Tuesday, July 12, 2011

don't sweat the small stuff....

I may be sweating it out in this old farmhouse but I am really trying hard not to sweat the small stuff this summer...

 We have been looking for fun ways to stay cool  like water balloon fights, pool parties, wading in the plastic baby pool, running through the sprinkler, eating popsicles and laying in the shade on the hammock...

 As well as staying cool I am trying to learn to keep my cool as there are more fights and whining than I would like this summer....Just because they are fighting and it is hot and I am tired and still have not put away our clothes from vacation and want to hide out in my kitchen because it is the only spot I can stay cool...it is no excuse to lose my temper! I really want to rise above the circumstances and remain patient...you know really practice the whole love is patient, love is kind thing....
I laughed out loud on the beach as I was reading an article in a free magazine I had snatched from the library. In the article the author was talking about how her ideals of motherhood have not always come to be and she is learning to accept herself and the chaos that comes from motherhood. She wrote, "The world is one big blaring alarm clock going off in my ear, but I'm staring blankly at myself in the mirror. My hair is pulled back in a knot -not the carefree knot of a younger woman...but the perpetually frazzled looking knot of a 39 year old mother who spends her free minutes (what free minutes?) staring into the middle distance like a ghost, fantasizing about central air condinitioning."
Yes, that can be me somedays...thinking man, life would just be better if we had central air. But that is not my reality right now.....I want to learn to not sweat the small stuff....even if I am sweating.....HA~

Love never gives up.

Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn't want what it doesn't have. (um...even central air when the heat index is near 100)
Love doesn't strut,
Doesn't have a swelled head,
Doesn't force itself on others,
Isn't always "me first,"
Doesn't fly off the handle, (even if it is hot and the children can't stop fighting)
Doesn't keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn't revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.
(1 corninthinas 13 in the Message)
Have a great day and stay COOL....


Shar said...

what a beautiful post...exactly what i need to read. think of you often!

AmyK said...

I've had some similar thoughts related to not letting the heat make me short-tempered - thanks for writing it out so well!!