What you know vs. what you think

A friend of mine told me about a saying that has helped him over the years. It helped me the other day and I hope it will be of use to you someday too. “Do what you know is right, not what you think is right.” In other words, don’t waste any time trying to justify something or convince yourself that a particular action is okay. Stick with your initial, gut reaction of what is the right thing to do. Think back to all of those wise old sayings your mom told you as a kid and you hated hearing. Old sayings get old because they are true. 

Mother’s Day is coming soon. I remember hearing that children are a headache when they’re little and a heartache when they’re big. I know there are many moments when you wish ahead, wish them off the bottle, wish them out of diapers, and wish them into dressing themselves (wait till they’re teenagers!). I can only say now, the heartaches are much more difficult to live with than the headaches, so stop wishing and start living in the moment. Hold them close in your heart, even as they grow up and away. I am a much wiser, more patient Grandma than I was a parent. Thank goodness someone was looking over my shoulder!

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About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature and fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's, two topics that are very difficult to manage in real life. Barbara volunteers doing school programs and speaking to support groups. National Parks, hiking, and snow-shoeing are in her list of favorite hobbies.
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