You've been warned.
Have you ever yelled at your children, only to have them yell back? Then you give them the evil stinky eye and say, "Don't you yell at me!"
Or perhaps you've jumped all over them for having a messy room and demand that they pick it up this instant! Only to realize your own bedroom looks like a bomb went off in it?
Whew! *nervous laugh* Me either! *clearing throat... cough* Pish, don't know what you're talking about. Heh...
But if I did kind of, sort of, know what that was just maybe like, which I don't of course, *cough* eh hem.... I may just feel guilty when I do it.
Here's the thing.
I teach the 12-13 year old girls at church in the Young Women's program, and it's great! But the last two lessons have really latched onto my conscious and they refuse to let go, forcing me to re-evaluate lot of things.
Nuts... oh I mean, fabulous!
Last weeks lesson was titled, "Creating a Spiritual Environment in the Home".
The two main points the lesson covered was the actual physical environment in which we discussed how important it was to keep slothfulness and uncleanliness far from you.
Great, just great.
And the other main point covered the attitudes of the home occupants and how one person's attitude can have a huge effect on the mood of others in the home.
I'm the mother after all. And the all too popular saying about, "If mom's not happy, no one is happy!" is so true.
No pressure. (I suddenly realize why I'm a chocoholic)
Now, I'm pregnant. But I'm not the glowy pregnant women type. No no, I don't glow. I growl. A lot.
Messes and fights are just a little harder to deal with and I can often fly off into a tizzy over seemingly ridiculous things.
I refuse to give you an example. Gotta maintain some sense of dignity you know.
So, in the lesson there was story about a girl who decided to change her attitude and everyday pretended to be cheerful, until it became a habit as well as her real attitude.
I can do that, right? Pretend to be cheerful on the days when duct taping certain little people who-will-not-be-named together seems like a perfectly wonderful idea?
I bet that would make a big difference in a lot of situations.
Now, yesterday's lesson was called, "A Woman's Responsibility to Teach". The basic point of the lesson was that we are always teaching, whether we realize it or not.
Our words, attitudes, actions, and examples are all having an effect on someone at all times.
As a mother, it is my children who are affected the most by every word, action, and attitude.
Again, no pressure. It's cake! (burnt to ash cake anyway)
So yes, I have been re-evaluating many things, setting new goals, etc. Perfection isn't the goal here, just going to try a little harder to be a little better.
Course, if life changing lessons like this keeps happening, I may have to go on vacation to recover from all this spiritual surgery.
If I I'm going to start being a better example for my children, I guess I better stop telling them they aren't allowed to eat candy for breakfast, then sneak chocolate into the shower so I don't have to share.
Well, maybe. I'll think on that one for a bit.
Speaking if chocolate.....
What are some of your thoughts? I'd love to know!