Bend, Don’t Break

I almost maybe sort of broke my foot in December. Though I was never formally diagnosed, I’m pretty sure I had a stress fracture. Cue lots of thinking about not stressing. And not breaking.

Bend.

Don’t break.

Be flexible.

Let go.

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notquittingSo when Manchild was struggling with his piano piece, dragging his feet about practicing, threatening to quit . . . we said: Better to quit the piece than quit piano. 

(And for the past few weeks, the new piece has been music to all of our ears.)

When it takes me 3 months to put together a podcast episode that I’m sure I could do in a month if, you know, all went well . . . well, it takes the time it takes.

Bend, don’t break.

And when I get halfway through a recipe and realize a key ingredient is past its prime. Pivot. Don’t even blink. Just turn. Dinner surprise!

Hopefully a good surprise.

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hardthings

There’s always a crack. Always an imperfection. Always something not quite right. Stressing seems like a good way to break it in pieces. Keeping it together . . . that’s where the challenge is. That’s where the adventure is. That’s where the fun is.

That’s where I want to be.

 

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2 Comments

  1. Totally a worthy mantra! I like it!

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  2. I love this thought! Well said, and like Abby said, it’s such a good mantra I might just steal it!

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