Thursday, September 9, 2010

Never criticize a man until you've walked a mile in his moccasins. Native American Proverb

I learned this lesson well yesterday. There are times in my life when the stars are perfectly out of line and I somehow think that I may be the only person that does anything-anywhere-anytime! I am easily annoyed and my patience is hard to find. Gah! How is it that I am the ONLY one who knows how to load and unload the dishwasher, why can't anyone else figure out what color to paint that table...yada...yada...yada.
Jay always tells me that the best lesson is a bought one. I bought a big one. We had a busy day in progress with many, many projects underway at our warehouse when Jay suddenly thought he had a catch in his back. Thirty minutes later we were on our way to the Emergency Room. Three hours later I was putting Jay to bed as he was heavily sedated and eagerly awaiting the arrival of a brand new kidney stone!
So... all of this leads to my lesson. I had to clean and put away all of our projects and close up the warehouse for the day. Easy, right? HECK no! I quickly realized that there were as many things that I physically could not do as well as just simply didn't KNOW how to do. What a blow to my "I can do ANYTHING" ego.
At the end of the day I'm just hoping that the stars are moving, I bought my lesson and paid in full. Jay is feeling a little bit better today and I will appreciate anything that he is able to do!! I am returning his moccasins with a little bit softer heart and may even clean them for him every now and again.

Never criticize a man until you've walked a mile in his moccasins. That way when you criticize him, you will be a mile away AND you will have his shoes. (I may have bought the lesson but I can still have fun!)


  1. Aww ... hugs to Jay and you! I have never experienced a kidney stone, but I have felt that kick to my "can do anything" ego, and have felt the angst when realizing that I can't do everything that I think I should be able to do. So, I sympathize with Jay and totally empathize with you!

  2. Hope Jay passed that stone in time to come to Texas! You guys are gonna be there aren't you!
    See you soon!
    Theresa and Craig

  3. I hope Jay feels better today because I know he might need to help you put things up and close up the "correct" way.