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Understand First, Then Act

Tuesday, August 23, 2016



Article / blog written by: Mary Motivator Rau-Foster
Article / blog can be found here: www.workplaceissues.com/
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Sometimes in the chaos, challenges, and inconveniences in our lives, it is possible to miss the smallest message with the biggest impact! The following poem can remind us to look for the messages, not the mess, on the wall.

The Handwriting On The Wall

A weary mother returned from the store,
Lugging groceries through the kitchen door.
Awaiting her arrival was her 8 year old Son,
Anxious to relate what his younger brother had done.

"While I was out playing and Dad was on a call,
T.J. took his crayons and wrote on the wall!
It's on the new wallpaper you just hung in the den.
I told him you'd be mad at having to do it again."

She let out a moan and furrowed her brow,
"Where is your little brother right now?"
She emptied her arms and with a purposeful stride,
She marched to his closet where he had gone to hide.

She called his full name as she entered his room.
He trembled with fear - he knew that meant doom!
For the next ten minutes, she ranted and raved
About the expensive wallpaper and how she had saved.

Lamenting all the work it would take to repair.
She condemned his actions and total lack of care.
The more she scolded, the madder she got,
Then stomped from his room, totally distraught!

She headed for the den to confirm her fears.
When she saw the wall, her eyes flooded with tears.
The message she read pierced her soul with a dart.
It said: "I love Mommy," surrounded by a heart.

Well, the wallpaper remained, just as she found it,
With an empty picture frame hung to surround it.
A reminder to her, and indeed to all,
Take time to read the handwriting on the wall.

Author unknown

Affirmation for the Week:
When I am calm and attentive, I am able to receive the powerful messages in my life!

Have a listening, attentive week!

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What are your thoughts about this powerful poem? For me it has to be that we cannot see into the minds of people and why they do what they do. For this little boy he only wanted to show his momma some love. Sometimes we need to step back and see the bigger picture. I have a hard time doing this myself. For me it's just knowing unless I walk a mile in someone's shoes I will never know the why's and how's as to how their journey began in the first place....

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Just for kicks ~

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