What we allow to continue will continue. That is one of my favorite quotes and one of the hardest to implement. I’m a pretty laid back woman but when I get to the edge of a particular situation, I blow. When I was first learning how to spend time with God and pray, I would pray for patience. God had about a years worth of entertainment with me giving me more than enough to be patient about. Don’t pray for patience.
My daughter is 15 years old and wise beyond her years. She doesn’t allow people or their behaviors to affect her. Everything I preach and every quote I’ve ever said has stuck to her like glue and she’s a mighty sight to behold. Now she gives me quotes and shares her strength with me daily. I strive to be more like her.
She’s active but selective with social media. Snapchat is one of her favorite tools of communication. I think it’s cool because you can show someone the expression on your face and also type a text across the screen. It’s the closest thing I’ve seen to receiving a message with emotion.
When you Snapchat someone, and they open it, which your phone will reveal, it’s considered rude if you don’t Snapchat back immediately. My daughter and I live in a drama free environment, so it’s hilarious when she dramatically says, “FINE! DON”T SNAPCHAT ME BACK YOU PEASANT!” It’s not good if my daughter calls you a ‘peasant’.
We burst out laughing, I say a quick prayer for the poor soul who didn’t respond, and she moves on. She’ll pick up her guitar and practice for her next cover, or go do schoolwork, just whatever is on her list that needs to be accomplished that day. She’s completely over it within seconds. It’s a phenomenon.
At fifteen years old, she’s got this. It should be of value when we allow people to enter our lives and truly be a part of it. You are valuable and you need to be treated as such. It’s rude to be ignored. Go over this list I try to live by and make sure the people you’ve allowed in, live up to these standards. Do they love you, motivate you, encourage you, inspire you, enhance you and bring you joy? If not…I’ll hold the can of Whoop A, and you pop the top.