Do You Know Gracie?

Count to ten.

Bite your tongue.

Walk away.

Turn the other cheek.

These are commonly offered as ways to avoid engaging in unwanted confrontation.

The other day I watched my brother-in-law avoid a potentially senseless exchange. Afterward he commented that life is so much more pleasant since he has embraced Grace.  I remarked on this attitude and he responded, “Gracie, Gracie, Gracie.  She’s a good lady.”

I agree.

Contemplating Grace.

Do you have a Gracie?  Care to share?


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2 Responses to Do You Know Gracie?

  1. @amwaters says:

    I am not sure if this is the kind of thing you are looking for, but as a parent of someone almost out of his teens, I have experienced many dialogues where parents are trash talking other children who have had an indiscretion. It can be pretty toxic. I can’t stand by and be silent. The words usually start with something like “It is good kids, making bad choices….”. I am an optimist and I just can’t believe that kids are truly to the core evil. (Not to say they shouldn’t be accountable for their actions.) Do they ever deserve a character assassination?

    The sweet part is that on more than one occasion, a parent has come back to me later and said those words had stuck in their heads and shaped their reaction for the next time. (I suspect the toxic words are ultimately coming from fear.)

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