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Messy business
By toes_23
1/5/2009 6:54:23 PM
As a mom I have figured out quite quickly that you seem to step on a lot of things. Sometimes these things are meant to be stepped on, but mostly they are not.

Today alone I have stepped on Cheerios (both soggy and hard), the baby, Elmo, train tracks, slipped on the ice (several times), and my least favorite, dog pee. It was one of those things that you tell yourself not to do but then you do it anyway. I thought to myself "The carpet looks wet right there, I bet it's dog pee... I better put my foot on it to see if it's really wet." It was. Then it soaked through my sock. Today I was wearing my big wool socks in account of the horribly January weather. Then I had to change my socks. Into thin not so comfy socks. Stupid dog.

I suppose it could have been worse, I have put my hand in my sons poop and that was not my finest moment.

In the field of special education I found that you also need to learn to deal with gross things. Whether it's poop, spit or throw up, you usually deal with one or more everyday.

There was one day a few years ago when we had a birthday party and had earned an end of the week perfect points party. Then on top of all of that, someone had brought treats into class to share with everyone. We had Birthday cake, ice-cream, treats, soda pop, and all sorts of yummy things.

As a "normal" person we should (and usually do) tell ourselves when to stop. Having too much of a good thing can often have a negative effect. I have found that some special needs children I've worked with need someone to tell them when enough is enough. But with 11+ kids in the class you don't always remember who needs to be "cut off".

On this particular day a girl in our class had eaten probably a little too much for her own good. The inevitable happened, she threw up, 0n her desk and in her hair. Clean up was swift and organized. It usually is. From throw up to poop throwing, the people in charge of clean up get efficient.

When we make a mistake or do something wrong we need to do what we can to make it better, even if we weren't the one who made the mess it's important to clean it up. If others need our help to clean their messes, then we need to be willing to lend a hand.

As addicts it's important for us to have someone who can support us and help us through our "messy times". Even though we are the ones at fault, (we made ourselves throw up... :D) It's nice to have someone there who can help us clean things up. That's what the atonement is for. Heavenly Father will always be there for us so that we can become clean and return to live with him someday.

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Sick :)    
"I totally loved this even though it made me gag a little. Very true and very plain. I delight in plainness."
posted at 00:02:48 on January 6, 2009 by Matrix
What did they do in the "old days"?    
"I'm very glad I live in the age of windex and paper towels...isn't it funny that (1) we really hate messes and (2) life is so messy?

Thanks for a light-hearted look at the messes you've encountered, and I like the insight at the end, too. Amen. :o)"
posted at 00:08:47 on January 6, 2009 by stargazer


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