I love this little lesson my dear sister-in-law shared with me. When I read it I knew without a doubt that she changed her view on life because of this experience. No matter what she has gone though I’ve always admired her ability to stay positive when things get though. It reminds me of a time when I said to someone who was going through an unimaginable trial, “I don’t know how you do it.” His response was, “I have no choice, I have to go through it.”
Isn’t that how life is? So often the only choice we have is how we will react. At least we can gather strength from those around us, and that is kinda what Left With a Smile is all about! How do you stay positive in tricky situations? How have you been strengthened by a friend? Read Stacie’s story and leave a comment below!
No matter who we are, where we live, or how old we are, we can relate and empathize with one another. My husband and I were living in Kansas City, MO. He was in law school and completing an internship, so he was rarely home. At the time we had two little girls. I was busy with them, our home and also serving at our church with the 12-18 year girls.
I was super overwhelmed and was venting to another women I served with at church. She was an empty nester with a few grandkids. I guess I was looking for motherly sympathy and a shoulder to cry on. But she didn’t give me that, she provided me with as I see as my first life lesson.
She simply said to me, “Stacie, I know honey, I know. But you will get through it and through many more things. We all do.” Her words hit me.
I also knew that she knew what I was going through, she had been there before, maybe not the exact circumstances but she has felt what I was feeling. I wasn’t special or alone in that and I shouldn’t act like I was by throwing myself a party over it, a pity-party. I decided then that instead of a pity party when things get tough. I need to get tough; know that I’m not alone, and that I can find strength and common feelings in others.
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