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A Proud Life

The World Needs More Love Letters published an F. Scott Fitzgerald quote I loved today:

life you're proud of

Seeing this made me think about something I read last week that has stayed with me ever since.  A blogger (Hands Free Mama) wrote a post called The Important Thing About Yelling.  Here’s the part of it that deeply resonated with me:

“My oldest daughter had gotten on a stool and was reaching for something in the pantry when she accidentally dumped an entire bag of rice on the floor. As a million tiny grains pelleted the floor like rain, my child’s eyes welled up with tears. And that’s when I saw it—the fear in her eyes as she braced herself for her mother’s tirade.  She’s scared of me, I thought with the most painful realization imaginable. My six-year-old child is scared of my reaction to her innocent mistake.  With deep sorrow, I realized that was not the mother I wanted my children to grow up with, nor was it how I wanted to live the rest of my life.”

Like Hands Free Mama, I’ve definitely yelled at my kids.  I’ve most certainly blown up at people I love.  I absolutely fumed at my husband this week for forgetting one little detail about the weekly schedule.   And those are not proud moments.  They are massively UN-PROUD.  But they ARE the moments that can lead to the biggest change.  They’re the turning points…the ones that feel tough enough to make us want to start over…in a small way or in a big way.

So coming back to this quote, I love it for a few different reasons.  First, I like the word pride because only each of us knows that makes us proud.  It’s not about a judgement or an external view of how our lives should be.  It’s just about a feeling.  Our individual feeling.  Second, I like that these few words are a simple reminder that we can always change, no matter what.  Each of us deserves to live a life we’re proud of — whatever makes us uniquely proud — and that life can be re-defined any time we want to re-imagine it.

What in your life is making you feel proud?  And where are you ready to clear the slate?

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