It's been a less-than-fun couple of weeks here at We Love Messes. You know the kind where nothing major goes wrong, but nothing is really going right, either? Enough issues to deal with that I feel like I have a snarled ball of yarn with many loose ends - the harder I pull at the ends to untangle them the more snarled the yarn gets. Yep, that's how I've rolled lately!
Dishing up some homemade beef and wild rice soup the other night I grabbed a slotted spoon and wondered why I wasn't getting any broth. Hmmmmm....I can hear you thinking. It should've been obvious, right? Wrong tool for the job!
And that's when my epiphany arrived -
1. Pay attention to the moment
2. If the tool you are using isn't working, try something else
Turns out some of the people around me witness my struggles and have great perspectives - if I take the time to hear what they are saying to me. Some of the words were hard to hear. But purposeful and not meant to hurt, but to motivate. The following quote from Szasz speaks to the trap in which we might find ourselves, especially as adults. We need to open ourselves to the sometimes uncomfortable opportunities of learning - of finding those tools to do better next time.
Every act of conscious learning requires the willingness to suffer an injury to one’s self-esteem. That is why young children, before they are aware of their own self-importance, learn so easily. ~Thomas Szasz
And the homemade beef and wild rice soup? Nourishing and tasty! If you'd like the recipe leave a comment below.....I'm off to research some new "tools" for the future, keeping myself open to the learning opportunities before me!
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