Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Just Call Me Conway

Hello, Darlin.
Nice to see you.
It's been a long time...

(Go ahead and picture me singing that to y'all... in a not-so-deep-and-smooth-as-silk-baritone-voice.)

But, seriously. Has it really been two months since I've written anything? I'm sorry to say, yes. It has.

It's like Barry Allen swooshed by and picked me up on Valentines day, and the next thing I knew it was Easter!  Man alive has it been a doozie!!

I've learned a few things over the last couple of months, though... I've learned that life is short, and time is precious, so love hard.  Tell the ones you love that you love them, better yet, show them. Every. single. day.

I've also learned that people will hurt you.  But that doesn't mean they aren't worthy of our time and effort.  None of us is perfect.  The only person who ever lived a perfect, sinless life on this planet, died so that my (and your) imperfections could be washed away, and we could be made white as snow.  Just because people fail you, don't lose heart. Don't give up. Trust God.  He has a plan.  Do all you can to mend the broken relationship, and if you can't, give it to Him.  He knows what to do, even (and especially) when you don't.

I've learned to be happy in my own skin.  Stop trying to be someone I'm not.  Stop trying to please everyone else, and be specifically who God created ME to be.  Silly, impractical, emotional, passionate, hard-headed, hot-tempered, wear-my-feelings-on-my-shirtsleeve MESS that I am, I am HIS.  And I have good qualities, too.  I am smart, talented, loving and sincere.  I am funny, and creative. I have a heart for people, a desire to teach, a thirst for adventure, a nurturing spirit.  All of these things make me ME. I am learning to see myself as an image-bearer of God, and to love myself, as He loves me... warts and all!

I've learned that waking up at 5 AM can actually be an enjoyable experience.  (Wait. Did I just say that out loud??)  It gives me time to start my day in silence.  With coffee, and Jesus.  Now you tell me, how can that NOT be a good thing?  By the time I wake my kids at 6:30 I am in such a good mood, they want to know who I am and what I have done with their mother!

I've learned that falling off the fitness wagon is costly.  Not being in the gym regularly, and not paying close attention to my nutrition has caused me to gain back almost half of the 40 pounds I worked so hard to lose last year. (I've also learned that when you see your doctor for your check-up, and she takes note of this, she will dog. your. butt. out!!) But, I've also learned not to beat myself up. What's done is done and I can't go back.  I just have to pick myself up by my boot straps, climb right back up on that horse, and ride it like I stole it!  That's just how I do, peeps.

Well, I guess that about does it.  You're all caught up now, without having to suffer through all the gory details.  (Because my mama taught me that good Southern Ladies don't bring up all their dirty laundry. They keep it hidden in the basket underneath the back steps until they can get that mess washed!!)

Since I started out singing, I may as well finish off with a few last lines from ol' Conway's classic song...

Goodbye Darlin'.
Gotta go now. :-)

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