“Sometimes — You’ll Surprise Yourself”
My Mom had a wonderful insight. She shared it with me once, and it’s come back to me many times in the twenty years since she’s passed from this physical realm.
“Honey, you think you know yourself. You think you know how you’ll react in a certain situation.”
“But sometimes — you’ll surprise yourself!” (with how you react)
I thought of Mom recently, when, again, I found my reaction to a certain situation unsettling!
“I’m losing it right now!!! What’s wrong with me?????”
Yet when I find myself “surprising myself”, miffed at my own reactions — I think of Mom, and marvel at her wisdom.
I look up, and say, “Well Mom, you’re right. I certainly am surprising myself right now!”
And somehow, just the act of making that statement, taking that pause, that self-reflection — helps!
Just knowing that she warned me. That she left me with her sage reflections.
Steps to Stop the Downfall . . .
So here are my Strategies that seem to help curtail the downfall of my emotions:
1.) Rather than judge and self-condemn — adding to my anxiety or fear . . .
2.) Stop! Step outside of my emotional response, and (again) recognize my human foibles. (See my Runaway (Emotional) Emergency Escape Ramp.)
3.) Accept my human faults and frailties — even laugh!!! :)) Crazy-drama me :)) (See my previous post, Crazy-Drama Syndrome.)
4.) Do my best to re-focus, and move on.
5.) Take a deep breath, and let it all go . . .
Thank you, Mom, for leaving me with your words of wisdom.
Thank you for preparing me for the moments I feel out of control.
May I look to what I’ve learned in dealing with my foibles — lessons honed from a Life filled with HORSES! (See my post, Ride Life! The Reins . . . )
May I strive to be the best version of Dawn I can possibly be.
And, hopefully, Mom, you’ll look out from where you are now — and see me — and smile :))
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Photos: by DawnSeeker
Vintage Photo: Grandfather’s archive (courtesy of Cousin Andy :))