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They can’t push you over the edge unless you are standing on it.



By Charles Towne

You know it’s going to be a good day.

You have high expectations; you anticipate low stress. Perhaps you will be able to start that project that you have been putting off until just the right moment. Yeah, a great day. You hear a police siren in the distance.

It is almost a harbinger of something about to happen.

You walk into the bathroom and step into water. The toilet has backed up and flooded the bathroom. You should have listened to that screaming siren and gone back to bed.

So much for a stress-free day.

In the little book, “PEOPLE CAN’T DRIVE YOU CRAZY IF YOU DON’T GIVE THEM THE KEYS, Mike Bechtle tells the story of a lady being impressed when she saw this man pushing a cart in a grocery store. An out of control toddler was in the seat of the shopping cart trying to pull things off the shelves. The lady overheard the man say in a calm voice, “It is alright Billy, you can handle this. No reason to get upset, stay calm.” The lady had to compliment him on his control. “I am sorry to intrude, but I just wanted to tell you how impressed I am at the way you have been talking to little Billy.” the man responded, “Oh, My son’s name is Jeremy, my name is Billy.” We can’t always stop stressful things from happening. Crazy people will always be in our lives, and they are usually about as welcome as that backed up toilet, but that is life isn’t it?

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in time of trouble. Psalm 46:1.


Live Fully,

Love Openly

And make a difference, today

Charles Towne is a longtime Apopka resident, member of Insp!re Church and a published author.

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