“Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. Don’t condemn those who are down; that hardness can boomerang. Be easy on people; you’ll find life a lot easier. Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.” Luke 6:37 MSG
Won’t say a whole lot today. I think my verses speak for themselves. Of course, the Word always does, but in this case it’s pretty straight forward. Don’t pick on others. Don’t judge people if they fail. Don’t see the bad in people.
My grandma did life right. It wasn’t fun for me when she always “thought about the other person” but she did.
I remember coming home from school one day, probably around 2nd or 3rd grade, maybe even younger… I was mad at one of my friends. She had called me a name. She wasn’t my friend. She hated me. Otherwise why would she call me a name? (I was quite the dramatic…)
My grandma said, “Sweetie, you never know what is going on in someone elses life. She’s probably not mad at you, but has something else going on that’s making her act like that.”
She was right, but when you’re 8 or 9, you don’t want to hear that you are wrong, you want the other person to be wrong. And it doesn’t end at 9. I know adults that REFUSE to even attempt to listen when I tell them the dilemma probably doesn’t spawn from them but another event in a persons life.
Basically – it’s called displacement. Psychology term. Applies really well to life. Boss yells at Worker, worker can’t yell at boss, so Worker yells at his wife. Wife yells at kids, kids hit dog. Sometimes we’re the wife. Or the kid. Or the Dog. We aren’t the ones starting the fight, but its easier to take it out on us, than someone else.
So, when it happens, when someone snaps at you – don’t snap back. That person probably doesn’t need someone else attacking them. Think about where they are. Try their shoes on.
That’s what my Grandma would say. She was a wise lady. I miss her tremendously. I did and still could learn a lot from her.
Judah was a little less interested in that than me and Lucy.
And then Saturday came and went, we stayed pretty busy as always. I was getting ready for my craft show that is TODAY. I’m excited about it. Trying to get this done so I can head out.
Sunday we had our fall festival. I dressed Lucy and Judah up. They were..
A princess and a frog!!
How stinkin ADORABLE!?
And because I didn’t decide to dress them up until, like, 12:30pm (Festival started at 3) I had to quickly come up with their costumes. So, I think, for homemade in less than 2 hours, they turned out great.
We borrowed a crown from Aunt Christy. Lucy enjoyed being a princess. Even though I woke her up from her nap.
No such luck.
Ain’t that the SWEETEST!?
Ok, I gotta get my stuff going. If you are in hattiesburg today, come by and see me – got lots for sale! Behind Hattiesburg Clinic. Or stop by and see Little Princess and Mr. Frog. They’ll be there with me later today.
Hope your Monday is great!