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Day 7 - No Excuses

Day 7 – No More Excuses! No One Can MAKE you mad!

Day 7 - No Excuses

 

//  Doesn’t it just make you MAD when grown adults behave badly and make excuses for it, whether that be in the school parking lot, on social media, or driving around traffic circles?

‘Seriously!? Stay in your blinkin’ lane, lady!’

You’d think that a traffic circle was a new phenomenon around here. It’s like the whole country becomes confused when the roadway wraps itself around a pretty garden.

‘I don’t know where to go.’

It doesn’t help that city developers designed many of them with one lane in and two lanes out. So, of course, it makes perfect sense for the Average Jo to go ALL the way around in the outside lane and ignore everyone in the inside lane who should have the right-of-way. What was he thinking?

‘But I didn’t know…’

‘But I changed my mind…’

‘But I don’t care…’

On our way to and from school, there are a whopping six traffic circles, and it is a rare day when I don’t get cut off by at least one person who is oblivious to their surroundings. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve narrowly missed being creamed by some guy in a taxi. //

So, what does one do when you can’t control other people’s driving habits?

MAKE A GAME OF IT, of course!

We have started counting how many days in a row we get cut off by someone. Right now, our record is sitting at 15 days. I’m not sure what the reward will be when we get to 20, but at least our anger level has dropped.

I can’t change their driving, but I can change my anger.

I can’t fix the world around me, but I can change my response to it.

No excuses… bad drivers cannot MAKE me be what I choose not to be. No one holds a remote control over my life saying, ‘Be angry, be depressed, be lazy.’

No, my friends. We can choose.

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I’m reading a fantastic book right now on this subject…

 

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Danny Silk – “Keep Your Love On”

Here’s a quote from page 25 about Powerful People:

“If you heard someone described as a powerful person, you might assume he or she would be the loudest person in the room, the one telling everyone else what to do. But powerful does not mean dominating. In fact, a controlling, dominating person is the very opposite of a powerful person.

“Powerful people do not try to control other people. They know it doesn’t work, and that it’s not their job. Their job is to control themselves.”

Get the book. I know you’ll love it!

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HAVE A GREAT DAY (and drive safely)!

Signature, Shauna

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Today is DAY 7 of the 31 Day Challenge, and I am using it to explore UNFORCED RHYTHMS OF GRACE—how to live an amazing life without burning out or losing my joy.

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Am I perfect at this? Definitely not, but I’m on a mission to do it better. Thank you for joining me on this journey!

You know the drill… Five minutes of free writing, no editing, and then let the creativity flow. // marks the start and stop of the timer.

Today’s prompt word was EXCUSE, and we are linking up with the writers over at Five Minute Friday and Crystal Stine’s Write 31 Days.

 

To read more 31 DAYS OF UNFORCED RHYTHMS, click here!

 

 

Day 4 Create

Day 4 – How to Create when You’ve got Writer’s Block in Life

Day 4 Create

 

Tongue tied, mind blank, uninspired, burned out, writer’s block… Whatever you call it, it’s awful.

This has been a hectic week of busyness for me, the culmination of months of musical instruction and training. My voice and piano students have their formal exams in less than forty-eight hours, and the pressure is ON. I know, I know, the pressure is theirs to bear, not mine. But a teacher always carries the silent burden of

“Have I done enough? Do they really understand? Are they ready?”

Add to that the last-minute pressures of final rehearsals, emotionally charged students with exam-day jitters, and it’s only natural to ask yourself, “Have I forgotten anything?”

It’s no wonder I have writer’s block.

To be honest, Walking in Unforced Rhythms is proving to be both a mystery and a challenge to me. I wish I could say that I’m a master at this, but I’m really not. It’s more like I’m enrolled in ‘Unforced Rhythm School’ and wading through performance reviews and mid-terms.

Father, help me.

And then, the strangest thing happened tonight. As I lay my head on my pillow, willing myself to slumber, inspiration finally struck.     Read more

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Walking in Unforced Rhythms – It’s a Marathon, not a Sprint!

FMF - Unforced Rhythms

 

// The restaurant was abuzz with the pleasing sounds of people eating and friendly discussion. I was having breakfast with my pastor and mentor, Edna, a precious moment of having her all to myself. (It doesn’t happen very often, but when it does, I soak it up.)

The food had just arrived, so we jumped past the pleasantries and dived right into the task at hand. “I need help. Here’s my life—help me navigate this season.”

I laid before her a notepad detailing the six quadrants of my life. Do you get the irony there? Quadrants come in fours… I’ve been so busy that I had six quadrants on my page, all demanding my immediate attention and energy. No wonder I’ve been tired and stressed.   Read more