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“When a man loves a woman, he has to become worthy of her. The higher her virtue, the more noble her character, the more devoted she is to truth, justice, goodness, the more a man has to aspire to be worthy of her. The history of civilization could actually be written in terms of the level of its women.” -Venerable Fulton J. Sheen, Life Is Worth Living
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“I’m from Orissa originally. Where I come from, people aren’t affectionate towards each other — husband and wife are more ‘working together’ than being together because of love. I’ve been married 32 years — my wife and I have always had a shy and formal relationship — I barely even see her, because I’m working in Bombay while she’s back in Orissa.
I’ve learnt a lot from the people I work for — they’re always showing so much love and affection towards one another…especially on festivals. So this time when I spoke to my wife on Diwali, I did something I haven’t done in 32 years. When she said, ‘Happy Diwali’, I said ‘I love you’ and I could hear her smiling through the phone! She laughed and quickly put the phone down -- even though she didn’t say it back, I’ve been happy and smiling all day!”
Yesterday I woke up on the wrong side of the bed. I looked at everything with negative eyes & a flustered heart.
The almond milk that spilled on my counter as I was pouring it into my cereal, the water that spilt on the ground from the dogs water bowl as I carried it, the 3 mounds laundry that were piled up on top of the dryer, the unread emails waiting to be answered in my inbox, the greasy hair that hadn't been washed in 6 days, my hungry belly growling at me when I opened the fridge at dinner, only to see that all we had was a loaf of bread and carton of egg whites.
By 6pm I was wiped. I just wanted to crawl into bed and wish that the day never happened.
A friend today said "those are what my husband call Character Building Days". Goodness isn't that the truth?! These days test us, but if we allow them, they can help to mold & shape us into stronger, more intentional, grateful humans.
When I woke up this morning, I was determined to not re-live another day like yesterday so I went back & counted all the things that frustrated me yesterday & looked at them with refreshed eyes.. That almond milk that was spilled on my counter was just a reminder that I have a roof over my head and a kitchen counter to even have it spill on. The water that was spilled on the ground from the dogs water bowls reminded me that I have the privilege of getting fresh drinking water from a faucet at my disposal, the mounds of laundry that were waiting to be done reminded me that I have clothes to dress in, and many options at that. The unread emails that were waiting to be answered reminded me of the incredible opportunity that I have to connect with women from around the world, the greasy hair that hadn't been washed in 6 days reminded me of all the memories that were just had on our vacation, so many that I didn't have time wash my hair during the trip. The growling stomach that saw a loaf of bread and carton of egg whites reminded me that I have food to fuel me instead of going to bed hungry at night.
You're allowed to struggle, make mistakes & wake up on the wrong side of the bed. But it is up to you whether or not you choose to live there #EmbraceYourReal