Mar 05 2013

Bright Side

It's not the way it's supposed to be, but it's the way it is. So make the best out of it.

That's a little saying I think about when I feel discouraged about a situation in my life.  I realize instead of letting go of it, I try to fix it myself, and that's never a good solution.

Take being single, for example.  I read today that apparently now the best way to change that is to go to Wal-Mart.  Seriously.  I saw that Wal-Mart is the most common place in America that people meet each other.  Things like that make you seriously contemplate getting dressed up and hang out out in the automotive section.  That's ridiculous.  Like that's going to fix it. It might fix my car, but not me.

I remember when Plumb was here and shared about what she learned when her and her husband separated (they have since reconciled). Her pastor said that it wasn't about fixing each other, it's about fixing yourself.

So, if life isn't the way you want it, don't blame others, work on yourself.  And in the meantime be thankful that you don't have to share a closet.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. -Matthew 6:34


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Mar 04 2013

Failure Is Not Trying

If you’ve ever tried at your dream, and failed, you might understand what Lauren Silberman feels like today.

This weekend she became the first female kicker to try out for the NFL. Her first kick, she injured herself. When she tried a second time, she failed.

But, she tried.  I just want to go hug her, or bring her some flowers today Maybe with a card that has all kinds of cheesy sayings on it.  But instead, I’ll just write her this virtual letter:

Dear Lauren,

Today, I hope you are holding your head up high. Just because something that you wanted so badly didn’t turn out the way you hoped, doesn’t mean you should feel ashamed.

You tried.  You are courageous.  You are an inspiration.  Because you tried, you made the way for another to try.  You showed young girls that it is good to be athletic and sporty, and most of all to be it is good to be yourself.

Thank you from me and from my two daughters.

You may not have made the team, but in our book you’re a rock star!

You inspired more than just girls to be athletic.  You inspire all of to get over our fears.  That sometimes you have to accept failure, but never accept not trying.

- Amanda

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