Pot holes and Perseverance
Tomorrow would have been my Great Grandma Katie’s birthday. She died a little over a year ago. I think of her and still miss her often. Now, don’t go feeling sad about that. My Great Grandma lived a very long and happy life up until she left this world at the age of 103. Yes, you read that right. I was able to introduce her to my now husband, show her pictures of my wedding dress and even have her hold my son. I was lucky and I know it. How many people can say they have a 5 generation photo? Not many. Even though she was more than ready to see what adventure was next for her, I still miss her. She was an amazing woman who was strong in her opinions and wasn’t afraid to tell you exactly how it was. She was caring and took time to do things we don’t now a days. She was with it until the end even if you had to speak a little louder or sit a little closer.
When I was cleaning out what is now my son’s room while I was still pregnant I ran across hand written letters she had sent to me when I was studying in Spain. Can you remember the last time you received a hand written letter? No, a signature on a card does not count. Back to what I was saying… I learned a lot of things from Grandma Katie, but I think one of the most memorable lessons has to do with pot holes and perseverance. A quote I often heard her say was “Life has a lot of pot holes in it. That doesn’t mean you have to fall in them.” What a simple saying with so much power. How true is that statement? Life is not perfect. There are no guarantees that we will live the life of our “dreams”. Every day is an adventure filled with ups and downs. It is in OUR power to decide how we will react to that. So many times I have been faced with difficult days, difficult decisions, situations that just weren’t what I had imagined them to be, but it was at those very moments I had the power. The power to choose. Would I let those set backs define me or would I pick myself up and move on like Grandma said? Life would not and will not push me down. Now, I’m not saying I won’t sometimes have moments where I wonder “why me”. We all do that. However, I WILL choose to focus on the positive and look forward. I will not let myself stay in the “pot hole” asking why me. What good would that do anyway? I really believe life is about pot holes and perseverance. What will you do? Will you wallow in the pot hole or will you dust yourself off and persevere?
What is a lesson you learned from someone in your life? Any catchy quotes that stuck with you or stories you just can’t forget? I’d love it if you share them below!
And to my Grandma Katie…Happy Birthday. I know you will be doing an Irish jig with the angels up in heaven tomorrow. I’ll be thinking about you!