Thursday, October 27, 2011

All the world has mud.

"Then again white scuts themselves were piss poor now they must walk, I could observe. Just mud was some puzzle to confound them, and always they were moaning and cursing it with magic words, or stepping some long way around, getting hot and angry so they smelled sour like old roots gone bad. Didn't they know that all the world has mud, and you shouldn't fuss but must just stride on in your quick feet, splash and away?" --Peevay, Tasmanian Aboriginal, English Passengers

I read this last night before I went to sleep and mentally flagged it to keep. That is rather like us, isn't it?  We come to an obstacle, find ourselves in some unpleasant situation.  And instead of pushing through it as quickly as we can, we spend so much time complaining about it, trying to find a way around it, getting mad and railing at something that couldn't care less that we're yelling at it.  We could save so much time and energy by just moving forward as quickly as we can to get through it.

There will be mud.  In each of our lives, there will be mud. There will be things to get through.  Always.  We can choose do it the long and hard way, or we can choose to do it the fast and easy way.  Either way, we're probably going to get muddy... either way, the mud will have to be dealt with.  So why do we so often choose to do it the long way?

My daughter is in the school play right now.  She's in rehearsal till 6pm every evening, and then comes home to do her homework.  Being the 5th grade, she has a lot more homework that she has in past years, so this will often take her right up to bedtime.  Now, please hear me.  She does not have 3 1/2 hours worth of homework.  She just spends half the time moaning about how long it's taking and how much she doesn't want to do it.  She's not quite figured out yet that if she'd just sit down and DO it without all the moaning, she'd be done FAR earlier.

And sure, my motherly grownup wisdom looks at her and shakes its head. But, I know in my heart that sometimes I'm not a lot better. I've certainly spent my fair share of time moaning about the mud in my life, instead of just dealing with the mud and getting it over with.

Country singer Rodney Atkins has a song about this that I've always loved... I always think of my friend, Cathie Jo, when I hear it.  She's got the funniest musical repertoire... I'm just as likely to hear her talking about dancing to P Diddy as I am to hear her gabbing about Debbie Gibson.  But, for some reason, I always remember her talking about listening to this song a few years ago during a time when she was walking about 4700 miles a day.

So...  you got anything you're moaning about?  Just get muddy and get out.  :)


  1. OH my gosh how did you remember that sweetie? It's been a day today of these small little gifts God has left me. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Rodney, I am hard core into Country right now. AND by the way, if I didn't view Brad as a son, and since I ain't a Cougar, I will let you have him.. lol The CMA's are coming on in a week or so!! YEEHAW..

    And today, TODAY, just today because it is suppose to be cooling off tonight, I told Jes, we should start back walking tomorrow. You think God don't work through ALL things, well just lookie here! Love you my sweetie!

  2. LOL I don't know... For some reason, you talking about that song has just always stuck with me. Every time it comes up on my playlist, I think of you. :)

  3. I love this song, and it sure goes well with that quote from the English Passengers.

    Funny how God works in mysterious ways, to give us just what we need to hear :)

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    1. It's such a simple thing.. but when I read it, it felt so profound and "why don't I ever do that??"