After a comment posted by Katharine Trauger I decided to look up some quotes by the magnificent president Teddy Roosevelt. I may re-visit some of his quotes again, as so many of them are full of wisdom. Today, this particular quote made me laugh out loud because it is a real gem!.
“If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month”. ~ Theodore Roosevelt.
For some reason that is very empowering to me today. You see, I have been spending a bit of time reflecting upon where my past speed bumps and detours have been that set me on a less than healthy living path. Of course, I have not discerned where all those detours were and what is behind them.
But the kick in the pants quote identifies oh-so-appropriately that my reaction to the speed bumps IS my problem! While it is true that every action has an equal and opposite reaction, it overlooks something important. Even though a car hits a patch of ice, one has the option of steering in the direction of the skid or opposite the direction. That is less than clear now that I write it.
Here is what I mean. Eleanor Roosevelt famously said that no one can insult you without your permission. SO!! Even though someone attempts to paint a horrible image of you, that doesn’t mean you are stuck with it, does it? NOPE! You see, the paint has been slapped onto a pane of glass and a yucky picture has been painted. BUT you and the Master Artist can put your hands down into that paint and paint a new painting. You don’t have to wait—do it while the paint is still wet. If the paint dried like fast-drying acrylics? Get more paint, or healing water. The thing is, the bad image someone painted is not there forever.
So the kick in the pants is to tell yourself to get moving and change the painting. It is your and God’s painting. No one else’s. Be your beautiful painting. Shine so much that you reflect God’s love. You see, a painting on glass can be held up to the light—like stained glass. It is so pretty!