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When The Road Is Smooth – Why Throw Stones On It?

A few days back, a quote I had heard years and years ago kept repeating itself all day in my head.  The older I get, the more this seems to be a regular experience for me.  The quote as I remember it says, “The road is smooth, why do you throw stones on it?”

It so reminds me of the many days, in the past, when I have created drama where there was none; worried about a situation, when there was none; feared problems when there weren’t any; blamed someone else for a problem, and it was me that created the problem.

Have you ever done any of these things?  Do you have other examples you can add to the list?  Most of us can add a bunch of stuff and then some.

I have always felt this was a great metaphor to describe the different ways we as human beings sabotage ourselves.  That sabotage can show up in many ways.  The paragraph above shares a few of mine.

I have found as I grow older, I have not been throwing as many stones; and most days of my life, I am not throwing any stones at all.  As a matter of fact, I have learned how to rub, use, and appreciate the stones as a calming factor.  You remember that old saying don’t you?  “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”

Well, I am creating tranquility rubbers out of the stones I get to hold.  Sometimes, I have been known to play with them, stacking them in specific shapes i.e. hearts, stars, crosses and etc.

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Shirley T. Burke
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SHIRLEY T. Burke founded the Esteem Institute as a platform to offer transformational programs, classes and workshops to individuals and organizations who welcome personal and professional growth. In 2011, she was one of ten people to be named as an inaugural winner of the Boomer Magazine “It List.” She is a member of the National Speaker’s Association, President-Elect of National Speaker’s Association-VA Chapter and the ABWA -The River City Express Network and past-president of the Network of Enterprising Women.

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