Monday, January 28, 2013
Siddown (pause) an' Shuddup: Great Wisdom from Jean, the Bus Driver
Lately I've been running myself ragged. Doing what? No idea. I can't tell you what I've accomplished. I just know there's been a lot of hand-wringing, spoonfuls of Nutella straight from the jar, insomnia, a few tears, and an overall bad case of squirrel brain. I've got all these ideas in my head, all these SHOULDS weighing heavy on my shoulders. I've been so focused on them, I haven't been able to get anything done, which just makes everything worse.
This weekend, while armpit deep into a bag of Smartfood popcorn, I had a flashback to my 5th grade bus driver, Jean. When things would get snarly on the bus, she'd slam on the brakes, sending our faces flat into the seat in front of us. We'd quietly regain our senses and she'd look up into that 4 ft wide rear view mirror and say slowly and loudly in her born-and-raised-in-Kentucky voice, "siddown (pause) an' shuddup."
I wiped the popcorn crumbs from my mouth and thought, "I hear you, Jean." I just needed to chill out. So I did. I slammed the brakes on all those "shoulds" running loose in my brain and I was able to re-focus and create some new pieces that were inspired by Jean's great words of wisdom. Sometimes I just need to sit down and shut both my mouth and my mind up. I need to slam the brakes on all my plans and schemes and just breathe in all the good things that are happening all around me, things I am grateful for each day.
I am calling this series "seated in love."
How about you? Do voices from the past bring you wisdom today? I'd love to hear your stories!