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3 Pearls of Wisdom To Live By

July 22, 2014
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Okay … I’m kinda of thrilled about this post today!  It’s a little different than what I normally share.  It’s not a craft.  It’s not a DIY.  It’s not even a project AT ALL and it doesn’t contain any pictures of my boys (WHOA, I know, right?!?).  Megan from The Walker Fireside Chats is here today with a refreshing post.  It’s an honest, feel good post, and something that really hit home for me.  It helps hit the ‘reset’ button.

I’ll let Megan get right to it …

 

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Well hello View from the Fridge readers! My name is Megan and I write The Walker Fireside Chats, a collection of stories designed to give my readers laughter and encouragement. While Katie is loving on her precious new baby, I am here to share three pearls of wisdom I live by. Hopefully, these words will bless you as much as they have blessed me.

“It’s OK Your Life is Not OK”

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An interesting fact about me?
I am a perfectionist, and I bet a lot of you are too. I think the
popularity of Pinterest is a testament to just how many perfectionists
there are out there. Everyone wants to have the perfect home, the
perfect meal and the perfect family. Sadly, perfection is just not
possible in this world.

Despite knowing this in my head, my heart does
not always agree. There is nothing more discouraging and dangerous than
pursuing perfection, y’all. I know this because I almost ruined my
health pursuing it! I heard this statement from a counselor who told me
to stop trying to make my problems OK and just acknowledge they are not
OK!

I was just so stunned by her words. Just…stop
trying to be perfect? But…what do I do then??? It has taken me several
years and I’m still not perfect (gah, the cycle continues…), but her
statement empowered me to STOP trying to change my circumstances and
embrace life as it is now.

You will be surprised how much more you enjoy life by letting go of perfection.

“The Worst They Can Say is No”

 

My dad used to tell me this growing up when I lacked the courage to speak to someone about an important issue. His advice reminds me even though we might be afraid, fear is not the end of the world. The absolute worst outcome of this situation is the person will say “no”, and then I’m just right back where I started!

This advice gave me the courage to reapply for a job several months after my application had been rejected. The position came open again, so I thought, “well, the worst thing they could tell me is no…again!” So I submitted another application…and got the job!

“You Can’t Control Your Feelings, but You Can Control Your Reactions”

If you’ve ever met me or read my blog, you might think I’m a little…dramatic. I just have a lot of emotions I feel very strongly, y’all. But emotions can sometimes get you in trouble, especially if you allow those emotions to dictate your actions. I have learned that the hard way over the years.

My mom said this to me one time, and I found it very freeing. You see, there’s often a lot of guilt associated with strong emotions, because you know those emotions are often inappropriate. Not only does this statement acknowledge those feelings as legitimate just because you feel them, it also gives you a strategy to avoid the drama: don’t let those emotions control your reactions!

I won’t lie, this does not always happen, but controlling the drama happens much more often now!
Thank you for welcoming me to your lovely blog, Katie! And thank you, readers, for welcoming me into your homes for these last few minutes. I hope you come visit me soon!

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HUGE thanks to Megan for the post today!  I just loved reading it, and I’m so glad I was able to share it today while we’re up north on vacation!  If you like this, stop over to Megan’s blog for more!  She has some great posts that are honest, inspiring, and help give a new perspective on our daily lives!
Hang out with us on Instagram to see how our vacation is going, and we’ll be back Saturday!
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9 Comments

  • Reply Jenna @ A Savory Feast July 22, 2014 at 7:22 am

    Yay! Megan is one of my favorites, so I was excited to see her guest posting on you blog. Awesome quote, Megan!
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  • Reply Joey July 22, 2014 at 9:06 am

    This makes me feel so much better about how lousy my posts look on Pinterest! Thanks Megan!
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  • Reply Anna @ The Beauty Section July 22, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Aww such a great post Megan!! :)
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  • Reply Kristina & Millie July 22, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    Ouch hear that – we are pefectionists here too and have to stop each other from being too critical of ourselves. That’s the good thing about being a pair, we can support each other. Great post, see you at your party!!
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  • Reply Heather {Woods of Bell Trees} July 23, 2014 at 3:00 am

    Excellent advice Megan! Soooo true!

    • Reply Katie July 24, 2014 at 10:09 pm

      I agree! This advice really is needed as a good reminder from time to time! Thanks for stopping by, Heather!

  • Reply Morgan July 24, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    My dad also tells me “If you don’t ask, the answer is no.” I’m thankful that we both have dads who taught us to be confident and go after what we want!

    • Reply Katie July 24, 2014 at 10:02 pm

      So true! Thanks for the note, Morgan! Hope you’re having a great week!

  • Reply Julie July 27, 2014 at 3:33 am

    Great advice there Megan, Funny how pinterest is full of ideas to make our lives more perfect and inspirational quotes telling us we are ok as we are!
    I’ve always try to live by the Dr Pepper motto – “what’s the worst that can happen” , oh and “Do as you would be done by” the two together work for me!
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