One thing I’ve learned about life is that things happen. They aren’t always pleasant things and neither are they always terrible things. Sometimes they are just inconvenient or annoying things. But nonetheless, they happen to all of us. In the end, life goes on. That attitude, coupled with King Solomon’s observation in Ecclesiastes 9, can get us a long way.
11 I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all. – Ecc 9:11 (KJV)
A perfect case study for this happened in my house yesterday evening. My husband and oldest daughter took our puppy for a walk before dinner. In the midst of my dinner prep my cell phone rings and it’s my husband on the other end. It seems that the pup has stepped in a patch of sticky briars (small, poky, miserable, thorns). He said they’d gotten most of them out but there had to be one they didn’t because the puppy couldn’t walk without yelping. My first thought was…ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!! A couple minutes later in they come. My oldest is hysterical over her puppy and the little ones quickly followed. Great! My spinach is on the stove about to burn, tweezers are out, we are trying to find a blanket to swaddle the dog, and the children are zipping around in every direction.
What did I do? Grab the dog, swaddle him and give him a bear hug. Direct my middle daughter to tend the food on the stove. Send the little kids off to the other room. Get the oldest to hold his hind paws while shoving the tweezers in my husband’s hand. It took a few minutes and there was a lot of eerily newborn like crying from the dog BUT we got it out. Crisis subdued and dinner was done…whew!
Ladies, if you are a wife and mother remember you are the captain of the emotional ship in your house. Crazy things, hurtful things, unexpected things, frustrating things all happen. Sometimes, they all happen at once (I know you know). But don’t panic. Handle it as you were created to do. If you have trouble with it then use this as a mantra “Hysteria is the enemy!” Sing it, write it on the bathroom mirror, record it and play it on your morning commute or school drop off run. Whatever you do, stay calm! Remember what the wise king said.