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Oh the Places You’ll Go

I love books! I especially love inspirational stories of people that have overcome adversity. If they can do it, so can I!

I’d like to share a story with you, written by Dr. Seuss. It’s one of my favorites that really depicts how rough and confusing life can be- but that life is an adventure and you can overcome anything!

Oh the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss

Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to great places! You’re off and away!

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.

You’ll look up and down streets. Look ’em over with care. About some you’ll say, “I don’t choose to go there.” With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, you’re too smart to go down any not so good street.

And you may not find any you’ll want to go down. In that case, of course, you’ll head straight out of town.

It’s opener there in the wide open air.

Out there things can happen and frequently do to people as brainy and footsy as you.

And when things start to happen, don’t worry. Don’t stew. Just go right a long. You’ll start happening too!

OH! THE PLACES YOU’LL GO!

You’ll be on your way UP! You’ll be seeing great sights! You’ll join the high fliers who soar to great heights.

You wont’ lag behind, because you’ll have the speed. You’ll pass the whole gang and you’ll soon take the lead. Wherever you fly, you’ll be best of the best. Wherever you go, you’ll top all the rest.

Except when you dont, because sometimes you won’t. I’m sorry to say so but, sadly, it’s true that Bang-ups and Hang-ups can happen to you.

You can get all hung up in a prickle-ly perch. And your gang will fly on. You’ll be left in a Lurch.

You’ll come down from the Lurch with an unpleasant bump. And the chances are, then, that you’ll be in a Slump.

And when you’re in a Slump you’re not in for much fun. Un-Slumping yourself is not easily done.

You will come to a place where the streets are not marked. Some windows are lighted. But mostly they’re darked. A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin! Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in? How much can you lose? How much can you win?

And IF you go in, should you  turn left or right…or right-and-three-quarters? Or, maybe, not quite? Or go around back and sneak in from behind? Simple it’s not, I’m afraid you will find, for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind.

You’ll get so confused that you’ll start in to race down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space, headed, I fear, toward a most useless place. The Waiting Place…

…for people just waiting. Waiting for a train to go, or a bus to come, or a plane to go, or the mail to come, or the rain to go, or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow or waiting for a yes or a no, or waiting for their hair to grow. Everyone is just waiting.

Waiting for a fish to bite, or waiting for wind to fly a kite, or waiting for Friday night, or waiting perhaps for their Uncle Jake, or a pot to boil, or a Better Break, or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants, or a wig with curls, or Another Chance. Everyone is just waiting!

NO!

That’s not you! Somehow you’ll escape all that waiting and staying. You’ll find the bright places where boom bands are playing.

With banner flip-flapping, once more you’ll ride high! Ready for anything under the sky. Ready because you’re that kind of guy!

Oh, the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won. And the magical things you can do with that ball will make you the winning-est winner of all. Fame! You’ll be famous as famous can be, with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.

Except when they dont. Because, sometimes, they won’t.

I’m afraid that some times you’ll play lonely games too. Games you can’t win ’cause you’ll play against you.

All alone! Whether you like it or not, Alone will be something you’ll be quite a lot.

And when you’re alone, there’s a very good chance you’ll meet things that scare you right out of your pants. There are some, down the road between hither and yon, that can scare you so much you won’t want to go on.

But on you will go though the weather be foul. On you will go though your enemies prowl. On you will go though the Hakken-Kraks howl. Onward up many a frightening creek, though your arms may get sore and your sneakers may leak.

On and on you will hike and I know you’ll hike far and face up your problems whatever they are.

You’ll get mixed up, of course, as you already know. You’ll get mixed up with some strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that life is a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left.

And will you succeed? YES! You will, indeed! (98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)

KID, YOU’LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!

So… be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray or Mordecai Ali Val Allen O’Shea, you’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So…get on your way! ~the end

This is my wish for you!  Things will come up- obstacles of all sorts in different times in different shapes… but don’t give up. You’re here for a reason, God has a good purpose for you- and you’re doing his work each step of the way… with each expression of love and patience, each helping hand you lend. And you’ll  move mountains, I’m sure!

Take life step by step… and enjoy the ride.

 

 

 

 

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Ugh, sometimes it seems like we can’t get a break! It’s not just us parents- I think that much of the world feels this way from time to time… some more than others. There are times that one thing after another goes wrong or seems to get in our way. Just when we’re making progress, make a plan to improve in an area such as school or work then BAM! something goes wrong with one of your children- or unexpected expenses pop up, income decreases- or someone gets sick.
I like to get things scheduled in order to stay organized. In order to keep everything in order I write when my classes are, when my kids need to be dropped off and picked back up. I pencil in special activities and family plans. It looks so neat on paper- but no matter how great of a planner you are, life doesn’t seem to work so neatly. If you’re like me and you’ve crammed everything in you can fit, a hiccup can be stressful! That blows everything out of whack.  Fear wells up, we get overwhelmed and stressed out. How will things work out now?

It’s common to feel crippled when everything goes wrong. How are we supposed to be good employees/students/parents all at once? Isn’t it hard sometimes? I find it’s helpful to get things into perspective and remember that God’s in charge here. I don’t have to carry all the burden, I’m here to do God’s work, and he’s taking care of me and the kids and the job and school and the schedule and telling me what I need to know. I can relax, breathe and take one thing at a time.
Worry and anxiety aren’t good for anyone. It doesn’t help us to be better parents, employees or partners. We must do our best to live in the moment and recognize that right now we have what we need- maybe not everything we want, and we may not know what the heck to do next… but we can ask and wait for an idea to come from God that will lead us to the next step.
Thank goodness! The other day an income stream I had ran out and my son’s teacher contacted me because he wasn’t  behaving in school. At the same time, I’m trying to meet my school deadlines and be the best mom I can be.  I started to worry about how everything would work out.

I want to finish school and I want to be here for the kids when they need me. I want my son to do well and want everyone to be happy. Why do things always go wrong?  I can’t possibly work if my kids need me. Now, I’ve worked full time for years as a single mom and gone to school and had a home business. I was putting everything into the future and now I’ve realized that I need to focus more no now and be more present. The kids grow fast- time flies, so we really need to make the most of the time we have. God’s really been taking care of us all the way…

From housing to food to companionship to employment to inspired ideas and schooling God’s provided everything we need. He’s not stopping now. I feel that I’m in my right place and so are the kids- so is my husband, for that matter. We’ll keep having what we need and being led to do the next thing we need to do. So, worrying is such a waste of energy and thought! (I’m not saying don’t have a plan.. plans are good. But we don’t have to know everything, and it’s ok if plans don’t work out as we want)

If you’re feeling overwhelmed today, take a deep breath and remember all the good things that are going on. What are you grateful for? That can sure shift one’s perspective. Remember that God’s love is taking care of each family member and you as parents. We don’t have to have all the answers, but need to keep going forward doing our best in each moment. We have all we need to tackle whatever comes our way…

My quote of the day is: “Divine Love [God] inspires, illumines, designates and leads the way”. Mary Baker Eddy

We aren’t alone. God’s directing us towards the next step, showing us what do do and how, making is clear who should do what and is there with us the whole time. Not as a physical being- but giving us the ideas we need, as well as the comfort and care when we stop worrying and trust and do.

Things always work out- have an awesome day, step by step!

Listen to this wonderful 2-minute inspiration to encourage you today! We are always able
Enjoy!

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