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 Category:  Commentary and Philosophy Non-Fiction
  Posted: August 4, 2021      Views: 38

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When things aren't what you hoped for...
"Take One! Take Two, Three, Etc." by Begin Again

Have you ever had one of those mornings when you get up, trip over the dog, stub your toe, and say…(okay, let’s be honest)… yell a few ugly words? Right then, you want to crawl back into that warm cocoon, pull the blankets over your head, and go back to sleep. 


By the time you reach the kitchen and discover you’re out of coffee, you’re confident your day is ruined. But you grab your keys, head for the car, and remember it’s your turn to carpool. After switching cars, removing the child’s car seat and six sticky toys from the back seat, and what remains of your spouse’s unfinished soda, you know you’re running behind schedule, and everyone is going to be upset with you. 


About that time, you and the Lord are having a conversation about why everything happens to you.


Let’s rewind… 


You open your eyes, and the sun is shining through the curtains. You stretch, carefully tossing your legs over the side of the bed because you know your beloved side-kick will be curled up beside your bed. You bend down and scratch his head, and he wags his tail and offers bad-breath kisses because he loves his master.


When you discover there’s no coffee, you hit the Starbuck’s button on your phone, place an order, and you’re out of the house ten minutes early, whistling a snappy tune. The spouse’s car is still a war zone, so you make an executive decision that everyone will fit in your car; it’s a snuggle up day.

You head for Starbucks and thank the Lord for another beautiful day.


Of course, we’d like to start our day like the second scenario every day, but realistically, life doesn’t work that way. Things go wrong. We’re human. Things begin to snowball, and our attitudes go downhill fast. 


This evening, I came across a saying (sorry, I don’t know who wrote it), but it was one I think we all could benefit from at one time or another. 


Life is like a camera.


Focus on what is important


Capture the good times


Develop from the negatives


And if things don’t work out.


Take another shot!


We need to consider what’s really important in our lives and not sweat the trivial things. Nothing is ever going to be perfect, so find the silver lining and go with it. If things go wrong, and they will, try to learn from the experience. If we have a bad day, there’s always tomorrow to make it a better one.


So tomorrow or the next day, when things aren’t going as smoothly as you’d like, remember…. You can always take another shot.


Have a great day! Here’s a smile and a happy tune. Enjoy!

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