When the words The Joy Of Mothering popped into my head as a title for my short stories it was like an epiphany for me because those few words verbalized my experience living with little people. The very existence of a joyful mother of nine children seems to confound people. However, it has been far from easy, rather it has been a long journey through confusion, guilt and public condemnation to reach the point where I can now shout loudly,
"This is my call, this is my vocation, this is my witness to the world."
After the birth of our fourth child, Michael and I struggled... Read More
Seems everyone wants to tell you what's right for you. What to do, what to say, what to wear, what to think, what to feel, where to go, where not to go, where you will find happiness, where you will find pain, why you "should" do this, why you "shouldn't" do that, who to like, who to trust, who to avoid, who is bad, who is good....the list goes on and on.
They don't want you to find your own answers, they want you to believe theirs. Personally I find this insulting. It is like they are saying... you are not capable of running your own life and making good choices. This is... Read More
Likewise, my children are compassionate vacuum cleaners as well, who attract other people's negative emotions. They are all aware that they learned this dysfunctional behaviour not only from observing Michael and me in action but also because they have inherited this trait from both of us.
This problem, The Vacuum Cleaner Syndrome, is a difficult disease to cure. As my daughter and fellow vacuum cleaner, Katie, asked during a family discussion,
" How can one vacuum cleaner help another vacuum cleaner?"
Four of us around the circle smiled and laughed at the... Read More
The fleeting dream that eludes many of us is happiness. We are running around, miserable in our insular little worlds, only catching glimpses of the world around us through dung coloured glasses.The solution to our dilemma is easy. Stop. Take off our mud coloured lenses. Look. Appreciate. A therapist would charge you hundreds of dollars to teach you how to do this, calling this method cognitive therapy. I will give you this key to happiness for free.
I heard of a fellow who hated his job.Unable to find another position, he finally decided to do something to change his apathy. After dragging... Read More
On a summer evening in July of 1969, Neil Armstrong placed his left, then his right foot on the surface of the moon humbly saying, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” Words which will forever be etched in history books and minds of all who heard them across the airwaves. Armstrong was our generations, Christopher Columbus, a true hero, and a man who surprisingly retired and walked into anonymity only two years after his historic flight. He often said in interviews that none of what he did “was about him, that he was only the tip of the arrow”, referencing the 400,000... Read More
You are not an animated version…you are real flesh and blood. Tinker over this thought and take a bonanza of reasons for you to celebrate. Every reason of your existence is so valid that you can build your life with lots of happiness. As long as you understand this and act upon it humanly, you create an environment for yourself and others to relish life. No given scenario can take away the best in you, unless one tamely surrenders. Hold yourself and out rightly reject the cantankerous thoughts. Your constructive line of thoughts will axiomatically keep you glued to sanity. Come what may, never... Read More
As I read these words coming from the beautiful innocent minds of the young it struck me that they have so much more wisdom than some of our so called leaders and adults. At what point in time do we lose our tolerance and give in to the prejudice that can exist in this material world? I have fought against these beliefs all my life, and I will continue to try to change this ignorant thinking one person at a time. I know this may not make a huge difference in the overall picture; but if each of us were to make this our mantra MAYBE, JUST MAYBE our children or our grandchildren will... Read More
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Barbara Mac, you is one very intelligent cookie. Just got your comment my friend. I have been stirring a few people lately, atheists/learned people included...people get upset even when you apologize. Okay girl. "Stupid human 'real hunter' variety, shot...
Could you please explain this to me, cause I just am not getting it? Hmmmm...Nice to see a post though, what ever happened to Rot In Hell? :)
Thank you carlwise, happy you enjoyed my article. :)