Saturday, November 6, 2010

Jesus Take the Wheel (but hold on tight because it's an 18-wheeler with a load of C4 travelling up a hill and the brakes are bad)

Have you guys ever had one of those days, when your teenager is fighting with his dad & threatens to run away, the cat bites your preschooler, who then spends 30 minutes screaming as if someone is actually trying to murder her, and your 5yr old's teacher calls to tell you he's been throwing things in class and hiding at recess so he doesn't have to come in?

No? Just me? Hm.

I am totally not a religious person, maybe spiritual (people always say that and I have no idea what it means, it kind of sounds like they are too embarrassed to say they love themselves some Jesus) but yesterday after all this had gone on and it was barely 11am and I was driving to the grocery store with my 3 yr old because Lord knows, I had not been punished enough that day, and she decides that her diaper is on crooked and proceeds to scream and kick me in the back through the seat cushion.
I said to myself "Jesus, take the wheel, because if I have to keep going like this, we are all gonna die in a fiery crash".

I literally had a Moment. (I capitalized that so you would know that it was a Moment, like the kind Oprah has, not just the regular every-day kind.)
And in this Moment, I realized that I could just let go.
There was no reason for me to work myself into a frenzy over that morning's happenings.
It was out of my control, and it felt good.
Maybe I'm not really interpreting the meaning the way Carrie Underwood would want me to, but I don't care. I don't even like Country music.
I do know that I've wasted way too much time being stressed out over stuff like yesterday, when it's all just a small potatoes. If I'd had that morning a year ago, I would have punished myself and everyone around me by being in a nasty mood for the rest of the day.
I definitely wouldn't have just thrown my hands up and said
"Oh well, the morning is over and now it's the afternoon and this evening is Date Night so I win!"
But that's exactly what I did in the car yesterday as my daughter was screeching at me from the back seat.
Because guess what: Life is crappy sometimes, but mostly it's awesome, if you let it be.

And I know it sounds too simple but that's really all you have to do: Let it be Awesome.


  1. I'm so happy you guys got a date night!! :)
    I love how you wrote this.
    I agree..
    let life be awesome:)

  2. That is Awesome!!!! Really, Really Great way to look at life!!!! It is mostly awesome!!!! I hope Date Night was GRRRRREAT!!!!

  3. today was that kind of day and I thought of this post.

    CUTE layout, by the way!

  4. Ooooh, me likes how you changed up the look of the blog, dear! <3 :)

  5. Oh, I can't STAND 3 year old car temper tantrums. The only way I can stop the screaming sometimes is my braking hard... I said SOMETIMES. I go from happy to furious in 3 seconds when my son flips out about something neither of us can control in the car. Sometimes I have your glorious moments, but mostly we just argue :)


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