Thursday, March 9, 2017

Thursdays with Sam | What Really Matters.

Today's Think Write Thursday topic is about bullying. Yesterday's entry in A Year in Miracles was titled "Today I will be a friend to myself." These lines from the devotion spoke to me
No one is going to accept me if I don't accept myself first. Today I will be a friend to myself. Not in denial about my weaknesses, but loyal...and kind...and embracing. Other people will see my goodness when I have seen it first.
and gave me the idea to write about how much we - especially we women - bully ourselves. and, when we judge other women for their choices in partners, careers, parenting, clothes, bodies, etc, etc - each other. I thought I'd have an hour (maybe two) today while Sammy napped to work on the post and I planned to cap it off with a cute photo (because, after all, Thursdays with Sam).

I'm sure you know where this is going now, right? Yep. He was happy, played hard, ate great, and slept...not much.



As I was driving home this evening, thinking about this post (not even started), I decided the reality of the day spoke for itself.

Today I will be a friend to myself.
(I will focus on what really matters.)

and that will enable me to be a friend, a wife, a mother, a Marmie, a sister, a daughter ... to others.

I'm curious to see what others have written on the topic. Click here to join in!

13 comments:

  1. What sweet pictures and a sweet post. Always good to be a friend to yourself (which is why I'm not beating myself up about pilates...I will get there).

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  2. Love that book reading picture - that is what is important!

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  3. We didn't get a lot of participation on this one but I'm glad you wrote something for today. I was just talking to Dale Wednesday about how women judge each other and I wish that we could just accept the choices all women make.

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  4. Oh, that pudgy little arm sticking out!!

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  5. What an interesting (and true) take on the topic! I feel like I am my own harshest judge, but there are always aspects of myself that I'd like to better and can't simply excuse, and how to do that without first judging and recognizing? Somewhere in the middle would be good I guess.
    I know I can always count on you to have sweet grandson photos, even with a tough topic!

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  6. Something that I've worked on for years. Being nicer to me and not so judgey...which is so easy to do. Love that little baby boy!

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  7. Oh, Mary - this post brought tears to my eyes. So very true and a most important reminder - today I will be a friend to myself! Thank you for sharing. (and especially thank you for sharing Sam!)

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  8. Hi Mary
    I have always been concerned about bullying, but mostly how it relates to children. Even more now that I have granddaughters.
    But you are right, I think sometimes I am my own roadblock. I am always getting in the way of my self. How can be so kind to others
    and not to myself? Today I will be a friend to myself
    Sylvia

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  9. Thank you, Mary, for pointing out how important it is for us to treat ourselves the way we treat others. That voice in my head is a tough one and there are times I have to work hard to overcome its criticisms.

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  10. Oh and, Sam. What a beautiful smile!

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  11. I've been in a bit of a tough place lately, and this post really spoke to me. I need to keep those positive words from the devotion in my head -- thank you for sharing them! It was a tiny bit difficult to get my thoughts together after seeing that sweet smiling face and that chubby little baby arm. : )

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  12. Well said, friend! Well said! A call to us all to live our true and best selves.
    I love the photos of Sam, especially his reading the book! You are the best children's librarian! Carry on!
    Cheers~

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  13. Very true words, I wrote a blog post in my head, maybe I'll actually do it!

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