Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Things That Bug Me

I've had a really bad headache for the past three days. It's got to be weather related. Anyhow, I'm trying to keep on top of it so I don't get a migraine. Shudder. The problem is that life goes on no matter how sick I feel, so I've just got to keep going and pray eventually this nasty pollen/heat/humidity will go away and take my headache with it!

In honor of my foul mood and pounding head, I'm making a list of things that bug me. Yes, I do get bugged by things. Generally, I'm a laid back, easy going person. My husband will agree with that. Really. I like people. Most of the time I look for the best in them. Sometimes, though, the best is hard to see. Especially when people make comments like:

1. Once you put your kids in school, you'll have more time to write. Then you can write more meaningful book.

2. You're a writer? I thought all you did was homeschool your kids.

3. You're adopting another kid? Isn't four enough?

4. I've always wanted to be a writer, but I wouldn't write those kind of books. I want to write something that matters.

5. You're so lucky.

6. I've always wanted to be a writer, but I just don't have the time.

I think that's it. I'm sure, though, that if given enough time, I could think of more.

That's one of the things about a bad mood. If we allow ourselves to dwell on it, we'll just keep sinking lower and lower into a pit of our own making. This morning I woke up with a verse running through my head - Philippians 4:8 Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things. When we choose to dwell on the negative, we become negative people. When we seek out the positive, we'll find it. That can only make us happier, more positive people.

In the long run, the things that bug me aren't nearly as important as the things that make me smile - my children, my husband, my family, my friends, the kids in my children's choir, the readers who search library and used book stores trying to find my books and those that write to tell me my stories touched their hearts. Today, I choose to dwell on the gifts rather than the grievances.

Go forth with joy!


Sabrina L. Fox said...

Great post. I've told you that I'm one of those girls that sees the LI books as a blessing to writer/moms. I also blogged about your book and why I liked LI's to read. They're fast and easy to read when you're busy. Great for women like us. ;)

And I think the subtle messages in the LI books are better than hitting people over the head with scripture and preaching.

That's my two cents.

As for the headache. I sympathize. I get horrible headaches and a lot of them are weather related. Even when the pressure goes up and down. I can tell because of my headaches. Sigh. I'll be praying for you.

p.s. making progress on Rock Bottom, my WIP.

Lynette Eason said...

Hi Shirlee, OUCH with the headaches, I can empathize. Three days is obscene. I'm so sorry. I'll be praying for you.

And I'm with you on a few of those things that bug you. It's funny you should post that today of all days. I went to WalMart tonight at 9:00 just to get away from everthing...everyone...just for a few minutes. I just needed to be alone with God and sometimes I have to take advantage of time in the car when I'm alone...ha.

Anyway, my kids had picked the same day to be cranky, aggravating each other--and me-- to no end. I'd finally had enough and separated them. I thought I just can't do this, you know? Started thinking about putting them back in school, etc. But then God got ahold of me and said, "No, you're doing the right thing...and I'm here when you're ready to pull your hair out." Then I started thinking about all the fun we have homeschooling, all the laughs we have together during the day, and how proud I am of them. And I wouldn't trade those moments for anything. And it's moment that I'm praying my children remember when they're grown.

So, your post really hit home. And I totally agree with the thinking positive aspect. After some prayer (you'd be surprised the conversation one can have with God while wheeling a buggy through the frozen food section), I'm looking forward to tomorrow and the time I'll spend with my children. I'm also looking forward to the time I'll have to work on my rewrites! Ugh...ha.

Sorry, didn't mean to write a book...(pun intended).