We all get them. Those pesky little speed bumps along the way. When life is just a plugging along and all is hunky-dorey and BUMP….not so much. Like a car, we adjust our speed, take a little more care navigating and then move on along until the next one. And there WILL be a next one. It’s just life. Therefore, there is the matter of how you react to each little (or big) speed bump. You can let it completely derail your day/week/month/year or you can accept that such is life and do what you can to live your life IN SPITE of the speed bump nuisance. I suppose personality has a lot to do with how we deal with problems, as well as faith, support systems and how we were taught to deal with life’s “unfairness” or inevitable changes.
This week we have been dealing with a “stomach ache” x several days with our youngest. I HATE stomach aches. When there are no other symptoms, I generally view it as a cry for attention. Compassionate, aren’t I? However…….when it continues for days, accompanied by sloth behavior and limited appetite? Now you have my attention. So off to the doctor’s we go and leave with a prescription in hand for Strep throat. Again. Now I just feel guilty. Blah. Stewing in it isn’t productive so I own my guilt for a bit, realize I didn’t overreact (because seriously, if I went to the office for EVERY symptom, #1 I’d be broke (more than usual) and #2 I’d be Facebook friends with the entire office!). Anyway, I went with my gut, it paid off, hugs and drugs administered….moving on.
We also had an issue come up with a dear friend who is really dealing with some challenging life choices and a denial of sorts as well as with poor coping skills. It’s truly turning into a snowball of complications and it’s difficult to watch it happen. Hubby was able to begin a dialogue with him, as his friend, and hopefully it’s the beginning of SOMETHING. Sadly, we can only make our own decisions. Sometimes we have to be the friend who steps in and speaks the hard truth out of love. And that’s a tricky situation, stepping way out of the comfort zone. At the end of the day though, we have to live with the choices WE make and if we’ve done the best we could, sometimes that has to be enough.
Here’s to navigating life’s speed bumps one at a time, fully focused and wisely adjusting our speed for each one!
He who fights even the smallest distractions faithfully when he says even the very smallest prayer, will also be faithful in great things.
— St. Louis de Montfort