“Be Nice or Be Quiet”

Update continued…

New Year’s Goal #2   “Character”

“I will take my own advice and “be nice or be quiet” while mingling with the other drivers on the road. No matter how “amazingly” everyone else drives, I will keep my mouth shut and not say, ‘The nuts are loose!’ Not even once.”

How’s it going?

Welllll….I’d love to fib and tell you that I’ve been “snarky comment clean” for weeks now, but my beloved kids would rat me out. The problems start just about any time that I promise to ‘keep my mouth shut.’ You’d think I’d know better by now.

Now, mind you, it isn’t like I’m an angry, cursing fiend or anything…even on my worst day. No, I’m more of a “Pacha, WHAT are you thinking?!” or  “Stay in your LANE, Sparky,” type of gal. Harmless.

At least I strive to be entertaining. (insert sheepish grin here)

Ok, ok. The fact is that my family, actually, one big, tall, nameless, bald boy–to be exact, would like me to ‘less contentious and more peaceful’ to those around me when I drive.

‘More careful and less erratic.

More quiet and less yacky.’

Freedom of speech has died at the Anderson place.  Hmmph.

Nevermind that I’d like HIM to have more hair and less burping, but let’s not open THAT wound.

So, our compromise its this.

To help myself think calm, peaceful thoughts that should seal my naughty lips shut, while driving, I’ll picture the beautiful, soothing Caribbean Ocean–at sunset. Ahhhh… Yes…I’m relaxing all ready.

If I slip up, that boy I mentioned, can hum some nice, encouraging tune—Bob Marley should work. Star-Spangled Banner would be fine. Whatever.

Believe me, this beats his suggestion of squirting an ocean-like spray of Dasani water my direction. Sheesh.

This may take some time.

Pray for me.

Ten Things That Make Me Happy…

1- This squishy baby

2- This “please make me cry” clip: Tara and Bella

3- This adorable calendar from Sarah Jane Studios

4- Homemade glazed pecans

5- The Draper Temple openhouse

6- A Lily baby in a bucket

7- A Beckham baby in a barrel

8- A “done” puzzle

9- A “finished with Frankenstein,” brain jello party

10- Very warm, very fuzzy, very pink socks

Please post your “Happy Stuff” in the comments–and we’ll add them to the “Grateful” list.

Add as often as you’d like…

{The Doves}

Dark clouds came over the horizon of a small valley. As they gathered, the skies grew dark, temperatures dropped, snow fell, and the wind began to howl. It was an unexpected storm, and because it was early in the season, several doves were caught needing to find immediate shelter, or perish.

As it happened, they found an old dilapidated barn. Part of the roof was missing, several of the outside doors were gone. Nevertheless, it was the only cover available and that which they chose to take. So, the doves flew in and found shelter in the hay and rafters.

By chance, also caught in the storm, was a flock of sparrows. They too had to escape the bitter cold and so flew into the old barn in hopes of finding warmth and rest.

During the night the temperature dropped even lower and the wind became violent.

The next morning the farmer got up to do his chores and went to the barn to collect his tools. As he opened the door, he made a startling discovery. He found that several of the doves had fallen to their death on the floor of the barn, yet others had survived the night. He couldn’t understand why some doves remained alive even though they were also cold and unable to fly.

The farmer pursued his investigation and he found that the doves that had survived the long, cold night were the ones who had opened their wings to the sparrows and given them shelter and warmth. In giving of themselves, they had received their own life.

It is the same with us. When we give of ourselves we receive something that is beneficial and whole. In giving to others, we are the true receivers.