Surviving the journey

I want to talk about something that I know affects myself and my family and I would suspect it affects others as well.

We are all on a similar journey. This journey may take us down different roads and our destinations may be different places. However, we all have the same goal in mind.

We want to survive the journey know that our kids will be okay.

So many times along the way we are met with obstacles. Some are like raging rivers or impossibly high mountains. Some are like vast oceans or deep valley’s.

It’s very easy to get caught up in the frustration and feeling if being overwhelmed. I’m personally,  guilty of that.

Sometimes these obstacles can bring out the worst in us, I know it does that to me as well. I sometimes say or do things that can hurt the ones I love. I never really mean to but it can happen anyways.

It’s so very important that we realize that we are not alone in this journey. Our spouses, partners, boyfriends, girlfriends, children or other family members that are taking this journey with us can feel the pressure as well.

One of my goals for this year is to be more aware of this, especially with those closest to me. My wife and I have been through a great deal in the decade or so that we have been together.

Sometimes, she can be a target of my frustrations. At times, I’m not as patient as I should be or as supportive as she needs me to be. I guess it all comes down to letting the stress of everything get to me and allowing it to dictate some of my decisions.

This is something I need to work on this year.

The whole point is that I hope everyone keeps this in mind. This is a journey best traveled together if possible, whether with a significant other, friend or family. Don’t make the same mistakes I do and allow the challenge of this journey to cloud your judgment and influence you decisions. 

I truly love my wife and kids, more than anything in the world and I know they love me. I want to work on being a better husband for my wife and father for kids.

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Laurie Sparks Dennison

Yeah, for sure we all say things we don't mean. Sometimes it's overwhelming; it's hard not to feel suffocated by the needs of everyone around me. Even if you have a partner, it doesn't always feel like they are there with you. Taking responsibility for our own health and well-being becomes critical to taking the best care of our kids, spouses, friends and community.

PATSY NAPE

Your only human. You have a lot on your plate. I too have said things I wish to God I could take back. All I know is like you,
I'm going to try to be a more thoughtful, loving person.You never know if the last thing you say to your loved ones will be your last. A sweet little lady I went to church with a long time ago said to me, let your words be sweet, for tomorrow you may have to eat them. Take care.

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