Writing is like being able to put life into a snow globe. It takes the things that are too big and scary and reduces them into a form that I can put away when I want and look at from a distance. It also takes all that’s good in life and captures it into something I can take out when I want and look at close up and keep forever. It makes the bad things into something I can hold…and the good things into something I can hold onto. Both help so much that I need that little souvenir of life.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Not so Random Tuesday

A couple of weeks ago, a very dear friend was over for lunch when my teenaged daughter backed out of the driveway and hit her car. My daughter was mortified. Certainly she should have looked to see what was behind her, but I know only too well how we’ve come to concentrate on dodging my son’s car which is parked on the driveway while he’s in college.

Fortunately for all of us, my wonderful friend was as sweet as could possibly be throughout the whole thing. And of course I felt awful for everyone. Later my friend commented that it was nice that I wasn’t mad at my daughter. Anger never occurred to me. This is a child who has done blessedly little in life to make me angry with her, and she certainly didn’t mean to do this. I am grateful for her every day of my life. In fact, she’s had so little experience making mistakes that I truly felt horrible seeing the look of shock on her face that captured a harsh reality: sometimes in life, in spite of our best intentions, we make mistakes.

I hugged my daughter and told her something it’s taken me a long time to learn: Don’t waste your energy trying to be perfect or worrying when you’re not. We’re better off spending our energy trying to be good at being imperfect. Simply do the best you can and work to handle your mistakes intelligently and graciously. It’s the best we can do.

If you are willing to serenely bear the trial of being displeasing to yourself, then you will be for Jesus a pleasant place of shelter. ~Saint Theresa of Lysieux


  1. Powerfully awesome message. You are a terrific mom.
    Linda O'Connell

  2. Awwwww....that is so sweet. What a darling your daughter is!

  3. I think after my 3rd wreck my Mom felt that way and learned to laugh :) But your message is a strong one many people could stand hearing today. Wonderful post
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  4. There are few things more awful than the sound of metal hitting metal when you're behind the wheel. Cars can be fixed, and life certainly goes on, but the moment is still a nerve-wracking one. Glad nobody was hurt and that you were able to soothe your daughter in such a sweet way.


  5. What a good mama you are. Your daughter learned a lot of things about life and driving in under ten seconds. So happy she wasn't injured. It is terrifying when our babies start to drive.


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