"Anyone who imagines that bliss is normal- is going to waste a lot of time running around shouting that he has been robbed. The fact is that most putts don't drop, most beef is tough, most children grow up to be just people, most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration, and most jobs are more often dull than otherwise. Life is just like an old time rail journey with delays, sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinder, and jolts, interspersed occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling bursts of speed. The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride."---Pres. Gordon B. Hinckley
"The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one." - Elbert Hubbard

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

I wish the whole world were a trampoline....

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Funny the things our kids say that when you step back and look at them have such big meanings. Yesterday in the height of the afternoon chaos Bee told me she wished the whole world were a trampoline.. I giggled, and Im sure said something profound like um-hum or cool. You know I was parenting... but not really. I was present, but my mind was elsewhere doing dishes or laundry or breaking up fights or worrying or whatever.. but it wasnt there. She said look how high I can jump mom... watch me.... watch me... And she did she jumped so high, without reservation, without fear because she knew if she fell on the trampoline she would bounce. She had that safety net to catch her fall and in knowing that it made her jump higher and faster... try things that she previously thought she couldnt do.
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I watched her soar and thought about how right she was... how much more we would each do if there was no fear of failure, or if the failure wouldnt break you but only teach you how to do it correctly. If we really accepted that this life is all a lesson to be learned and that sometimes each of us will take a bad bounce.
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Im really trying to be concious of enjoying more... and maybe even to trying more... it cant hurt that bad can it?
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