April Showers = May Flowers – Bring them on!

My nephew, who lives in Germany, is coming home for the first time in years. What a blessing for my mom. She only has four grandchildren, and each of them are precious to her. That I truly get. Long distance is difficult in the best of times, and this is not the best of times.
The gentle rain we are getting is such an extraordinary gift. The green grass and blossoms on the trees are heartwarming. I know hail fell not far from here, others are parched, and still others have been flooded out.

Weather is one of the stark reminders that we, as people, are not in charge on this planet. Reflection on this is an opportunity to learn how to take a deep breath and let go. I used to think that if I could do something, I should do something. I’ve since learned that it’s all going to work out whether I do “the something” or let someone else, and if my doing nothing means I don’t step on anyone’s toes, then that’s okay. It might even work out better.
I saw a great thought the other day. Getting angry is okay, hurting others is never okay. There are so many ways we hurt the people around us, and the simplest way to prevent doing that is to think before we speak. I am as guilty of mis-speaking as the worst offender out there. I am trying to get better, but boy do I have a long way to go.

Well…Practice makes Perfect!

What I Think about Think.
T – Is what you are about to say True? (This one is good if the rest are true too)
H – is what you are about to say Helpful? (remember honesty can be hurtful)
I – is what you are about to say Inspiring? (what is your Intent?)
N – is what you are about to say Necessary? (Needed or needling?)
K – is what you are about to say Kind?

The last one is the most important. Respect and Kindness are the two most awesome, wonderful characteristics of human beings. They are in each and every one of us, but we have to learn them. We have to practice them. We have to give them to get them.

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About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature as well as mainstream 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. Her second novel, Rhyaden, a middle grade fantasy is scheduled for release in Nov. 2018. National Parks, Kayaking, hiking, and snow-shoeing top her list of favorite hobbies.
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