Before I Speak…

Yesterday…I got caught up in a situation…when…someone else…reacted…to a situation…by…becoming…Chicken Little

The sky is falling…the sky is falling…

When…in fact…acorns were merely landing on their head…

Of course…I had a choice…join in the march to tell the King…or…stay at home and see what happened…

Unfortunately…I was off to see the King…wearing my best ruby red slippers…just in case he was a Wizard

When all was said and done…there was a lot of egg…on a lot of faces…and…yes…even though I was in the back of the line…some of it splattered on me…

Bertha…didn’t show up until after the…parade…was over…then…she reminded me…what I learned during years of management positions…be proactive…not…reactive

But…had to ask…how could I be proactive in this situation…it was one of those things that just blindside me…it wasn’t even an oak tree…no one could have seen the acorn coming…

That’s when she reminded me…that…being proactive…does mean…planning ahead…figuring out the what-ifs…making contingencies…but…when…things happen that are outside of my plan…I can still be proactive…if I just practice what…Mama…has told me all of my life…

Think…first…act…later

Oh…well…yeah…that…

Kabong

That’s the sound of me thinking…

Jane

Grumble…Grumble…

Earlier in the week…I went for an afternoon gym session…I usually go before work…and I noticed a woman that I haven’t seen in a couple of years…she really looked good…I could see the muscle definition in her arms and legs…definition that wasn’t there the last time I’d seen her…

My first response was to feel discouraged and grumble…well…she looked better and I didn’t…if life isn’t fair…then…grumbling should be…

No…not according to you know who…Bertha…who said that instead of grumbling…I should look at her as encouragement for the efforts that I’ve been making…she reminded me…that during those same two years…I had that little thing called…brain surgery…which was the reason that I quit training at the time…and…here this woman was…proof positive…that although I don’t see a huge change after a couple of months working out…that with consistency…in a couple of years…I will have made huge strides…

Hmmm…I hadn’t thought of it that way…but…I still grumbled a little…about wasted time…and well…just because I was in a grumbling mood…

Then…I saw the same woman yesterday at the grocery store…she really looked good…we smiled…we spoke…I told her…I could tell she appreciated it…she agreed that she had really been working hard…that she pushed herself…but that she did it because she liked the results…

This morning…on my day off…I got up early…and went to the gym…I didn’t grumble…well…maybe just a little

Jane

PS…she also related it all to my life…of course…and reminded me of my writing…and that the same holds true for it…I hate when she double teams me…