She was a tough and tender lady whom we called “Dr. B.” She’s now in heaven. I remember her as a lady who didn’t want to hear excuses. Whenever I told Dr. B about difficulties I faced, she would give me a direct look and say, “Get with the program, kid!” “God knows, He cares and He is in control! Let’s do something about it!”
It wasn’t the empathy I wanted, but it was always a good word to hear.
Another friend told me about a list a man keeps with him to help him keep perspective. It too isn’t the empathy you might want, but it’s clearly designed to snap you into reality. Here it is…
1. Life is hard
2. You’re not that important
3. Your life is not about you
4. You’re not in control
5. You’re going to die
I want to add a sixth, 6. Your story doesn’t end with this life.
Then I need Dr. B’s words, “Get with the program, kid!” “God knows, He cares and He is in control! Let’s do something about it!”
Good words for all of us! It reminds me of this hilarious video clip, “Stop it“.