Snap Out of It!

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. Philippians 4:8

In one my all time favorite movies, Moonstruck,  Ronnie (Nicholas Cage) has just professed his love for his future sister-in-law, Loretta (Cher).  In this classic scene she looks him in the eye, slaps him and yells, “Snap out of it!”

We all need a good dose of “Snap Out of It!” from time to time.

  • Are you having a little pity party because you didn’t get your way?  Snap Out of It!
  • Feeling grumpy today cupcake?  Snap Out of It!
  • Just not “feeling it”  at work?  Snap Out of It!
  • Don’t want to tackle that sink full of dirty dishes?  Snap Out of It!
  • Nobody noticed you got a haircut?  Snap Out of It!
  • Angry at getting caught doing something you shouldn’t?  Snap Out of It!
  • Jealous of your friend’s cute boyfriend?  Snap Out of It!
  • Complaining about grocery shopping?  Snap Out of It!
  • Disappointed with having to shop at thrift stores?  Snap Out of It?
  • In love with a person who is wrong for you?  Snap Out of It?

We put a lot of emphasis on our feelings and emotions and we can easily mistake feelings for reality.  I never “feel” like doing the laundry but I do it every week because I like having clean clothes and cannot afford to buy new ones all the time!  Life lived on feelings and not facts is a roller coaster you don’t want to ride.

There is no question life can be disappointing and frustrating.  Many things happen that we cannot control and did not cause but we can always, ALWAYS control how we respond to disappointment, frustration, betrayal and loss.  We can choose to respond honestly. focus on the lesson learned, and turn it back to praise.  Don’t bury the emotions but don’t dwell on them or let them define or identify who you are.  Find the help and support you need, remember it is not about you, ask God to correct your thinking, pull up your big girl (or boy!) pants, pray, a lot, and move on.

Sound too simple for you?

Snap Out of It!

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Blogging 101 – Good Neighbor Inspiration

Assignment for Blogging 101: Visit and comment on four other blogs and then write a post about one of the comments you made.

One of the aspects of blogging I am enjoying very much is reading and connecting with other blogger’s out there.  There seems to be a blog for any topic and category you can imagine and many are very creative.  For this assignment I decided I would visit blogs I had not visited before.  Here is a list of my four favorites from this “expedition” and I enjoyed each one of these for different reasons:

Life in the Boomer Lane had a very humorous piece on the “Booty Pop”.  Never heard of it?  I hadn’t either!  Now, let me warn you this is not a “usual” topic for my blog and I fully intend to rant a bit here.

For those of us living in ignorance, Booty Pop’s web site claims, “Now you too can have a Hollywood backside that turns heads!  No expensive surgery or overpriced trainer required.”  “A booty-licious booty in an instant!”

Ladies, why are we never satisfied to just look like ourselves?  What is our crazy obsession with looking like someone else?   Especially when one of those someone’s admits she spends 2 hours a day – 2 HOURS A DAY – to look absolutely perfect.  Please read that again, 2 HOURS A DAY!!!  First, who has that kinda time and second, how self-absorbed can you possibly be?  Oh wait, I guess I just answered that question, 2 hours a day is pretty self-obsessed!  I confess I have my own image issues, I dye my hair and rarely leave my house without make-up.  I would not say I am a slave to fashion but I like to think I keep up with styles a bit.

In a world full of women struggling with body image issues and eating disorders do we really need to convince women that our booty’s or any other body parts must “pop”?  I don’t think so!  And here is the part that makes me craziest.  On one hand, we all applaud strong and independent women who celebrate their advancing age with grace (think Helen Mirren or Judi Dench) and women who are confident in their own skin ( like Gabourey Sidibe or Rebel Wilson).  But when we talk about ourselves, most women I know say they want to change something about their appearance and they are not totally content with themselves.   We believe the lie that we are not good enough, not slim enough, not tall enough, not booty-licious enough or we go the opposite direction and complain we have too much belly, arms that flap or muffin tops!  We convince ourselves that we are simply not enough, ever!  Why?  Any one who really loves me, any one who really loves you, accepts and loves us just as we are and we ARE good enough!

I’ll repeat the tongue in cheek comment I made on Life in the Boomer Lane, “In my case FBS (Flat Booty Syndrome) is genetic but still no less shameful or embarrassing.”  Well, the truth is that yes, I have a flat booty and I formally and officially reject all types of booty enhancement!  Yes, you can find me at Steak and Shake suckin’ down a few burgers and Egg Nog shakes!  Yes, I’m flat and I’m proud – deal with it!!