Have you had a cruddy day at work recently? Did something not go your way? When these disappointments or frustrations happen, who do you take it out on? People at work or your loved ones that had nothing to do with your Bad DaY?
We can all use the reminder every now and then. Don’t take out your bad day on the people you love the most, just because they are the ones that you spend the end of your day with. We can all relate to MoMenTs when we were having a wonderful day and our loved one walked in the door and immediately changed our mood for the worse.
I especially have to ReMemBer this with my kids. When I am stressed my voice ends up yelling when, on a normal day, I would speak to them in softer words. They look at me like, “What did I do!?” and deep down I know that they didn’t deserve the treatment I gave.
So whoever it is–spouse, friend, kid, co-worker–try to bite your tongue and let out your frustrations doing something that won’t bring ThEm down (go on a run, pound into a pillow…whatever you can!). I guess I am writing because I need this reminder more often than I’d like to admit!!
I got a call Sunday that my grandma passed way. Dealing with this type of phone call is difficult. Initially I was shocked, but it wasn’t until later that I was flooded with all of her mEmoRies. Moments like that hit you out of nowhere and it seems like no matter what you do, you can’t keep the tears from running down your face. I know that she is in a better place and will finally reunite with her husband. But does that keep me from hurting? Definitely not, to say the least.
How do you cope with death? It is such a hard thing for anyone to talk about, let alone experience with a loved one. I find it ironic that I am even typing this to you. Six days before my Grandma passed, Doug and I were talking about how we felt God initiated a lot of our coNverSatioNs regarding heaven over the last 6 months. We had watched the ABC special “Heaven—Where Is It? How Do We Get There” and had given the “Heaven Is For Real” book to our children for Christmas. When we had talked about it again last Monday night, Doug asked me if I had this weird feeling God was preparing us for a death. I answered, “Yes”. It was such an unsettling feeling. I was scared. But I’m glad we had talked about it because we both agreed that regardless of when and if it was going to happen, we now had a clearer idea of what hEavEn is like and feel more confident in addressing this to our children.
As I was wondering what my Grandma was experiencing in heaven, I happened to run outside to get something, and this is what I saw. Heaven IS for real!
Even though I know these things, am I still afraid of dying? Of course I am. Talking and thinking about dying is difficult (and scary), but it is important so you can be better prepared for when it happens. Just remember this–when we lose someone from this world, we should be thankful for the time that we spent with the ones we loved, and not sad for the time that we didn’t.