Wednesday, October 17, 2012
words i need to repeat.
When those moments come.... I'm actually quite good at pulling up a whole list of things to be angry or worrisome about, once I start to go down that road... I can wallow in misery and decide to quit, unable (or unwilling) to carry on with the things I'm supposed to be doing.
Or, I could actually decide to control my thoughts. I can choose to meditate on what is true and noble and right.... I can keep calm and carry on.
So I wrote these words on a little note card. I have lots of these notecards with different reminders, prayers, quotes, scripture. Words I need to repeat.
Keep calm and carry on. These signs are everywhere these days. But I haven't tired of them yet. I'm not sure that I'll ever lose the need to hear them. The signs as decor are a little cliche, I suppose. But I'm tempted to jump on the bandwagon anyways.
Jill Briscoe was the first person to tell me the WWII story behind those posters. She also said this, about 'carrying on:'
"Be obedient to the priority that God dictates on a daily basis. It's usually obvious. But you must recognize His voice. And you must muddle through, doing the best you can. The better you know God, the better you'll know what to do."
As a mother and a wife and a teacher (and sometimes student) and a daughter, sister, friend (etc...) sometimes it's hard to balance the list of priorities. Knowing what to do...and when to do it usually means NOT doing something else. But I like her words of wisdom about how to know 'what to do.' Usually the 'what to do' that I pretend to be unaware of...is simply cleaning the kitchen.... or folding laundry. But sometimes it's listening to a student who seems to be interrupting me, but needs my time. Or one of my daughters who is worried about a missing toy.