“Walk the walk”

March 16, 2011

Gratitude, Inspiration, Motherhood


As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. – John Fitzgerald Kennedy

When I was in the sixth grade, we had a substitute teacher, who, unlike most substitutes and even teachers in our school was absolutely, unequivocally no push-over.  She was known to be stern or in sixth grade terms, mean and/or scary.  On its most basic level, she just didn’t accept our sixth grade non-sense.  For her there was no teacher’s pet, no class favorites, and zero tolerance for,  as she put it, “tom-foolery”.

For some reason that I can no longer remember (insert mumble number of years later), on that winter-spring transition day, she both sarcastically admonished us for wearing moon boots (as she should have, good lord, I can’t believe people wore them as a fashion statement and that they have recently been back in fashion) and spoke to us at length about “The Golden Rule, “Treat others as you want to be treated”.  Perhaps the 2 events were somehow linked, someone making fun of someone for wearing moon boots (again, can you completely blame them?), or perhaps for something totally unrelated.  But for whatever reason, she must have talked to our very nervous (remember she was old, mean and scary by our standards) and yet disinterested class (keep in mind we are in the 6th grade and care mostly about boys and what we will do after school) for at least 20 minutes on the topic.  Except for me.   I was somehow captivated by her. Perhaps it was my inherent desire to be a pleaser to any and all authority figures (more on my psychological baggage at some point) that this topic tapped into, or maybe it was just that my sensitive soul desired kindness, validation and protection.  Now in my mid-3o’s (yes, again mumble mid-30’s) and multiple therapy sessions later, I still do not know, why this particular day and topic had such an impact, but it did and I could not be more grateful.

I have been living by that statement since I was 11.: trying at least…and mostly succeeding.  If I really dig into this, there seems to be some correlation (I was never great at statistics) between fundamental morals, faith,  common sense and clichés.  Some of my favorites:

” If it’s meant to be it will happen”

“Everything happens for a reason”

“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”

Somehow, in doing this and through my upbringing in my faith (yes, this statement is loaded as I am Catholic and so perhaps there has been some guilt, but mostly faith) I see most things in this life through one of these lenses.  It has been this faith and these what are commonly thought to be clichés that have helped inspire me to create this blog and helped me persevere through what have been some very challenging times as of late.  More on that later, but this blog is really about being grateful.  Grateful for that day when I was in the 6th grade that for some reason allows me to try  to stay positive even in the most difficult situation,  and to when necessary reference more clichés:

“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”

“Every cloud has a silver lining”

Mostly, I am just very grateful for every day that I am so blessed to be given.  My husband, children, family, friends and even all of experiences, especially the difficult ones that have helped shape me.  So each day can be my new favorite day, where I will continue to try to mine the positive moments in the challenging ones and celebrate the moments of joy and happiness where nothing else matters.  I can be present in those moments and find the gratitude.  If you are reading this, thank you for taking the time to read to this.  I hope that this blog will eventually help people grab the moments and look at them through a lens of gratitude and each day can be your new favorite day.

Featured image shared from: 1,000 miles with Jesus.

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About Shannon Pruitt from 'Mynewfavoriteday'

Welcome to 'mynewfavoriteday. This space is about gratitude and connecting through being open, vulnerable and real. I hope you will enjoy my take on motivation, inspiration and advocacy and will take the opportunity to tell me of your own thoughts and stories. Why I started 'mynewfavoriteday.' I am a childhood surviving, divorced, now happily married, IVF (and now natural pregnancy) success story, working mother of 2 amazing babies who were born 12 weeks premature. As life often seems to surprise you when you least expect it, we added another sweet baby girl M to our family in July of 2013. While our angel minis, Q and E are now 7 years old, our son, Q, has thrived while our daughter, E, has had a much more difficult journey. She is considered special needs and in September of 2012 was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Angelman Syndrome. And so, as she has grown, so do we as individuals and as family. How to help her, how to celebrate our differences while allowing ourselves to cope with the challenges that we never knew to expect. Thus, while much of this blog is based on our experiences (good and not-so-good), it is also based on how we must not let ourselves become victims of our circumstances but rather advocate in our own lives. A little bit about me and who I am. In my professional life I am a marketer in the Entertainment Industry; however, ‘mynewfavoriteday,’ was not born of entertainment or marketing but rather as a pathway to help myself and others as we try to define who we are as parents, family members, spouses, friends, colleagues and people. I believe in never judging a book by its cover. Every cover is different, and no matter what your cover looks like, you never know how someone's book is written. Like mine. From the outside, you might never know what truly makes me who I am or what I believe. This blog explores the pages on the inside of my book. My vulnerabilities, fears, happiness, and all my triggers through the lens of being grateful for all the amazing blessings I know I have received but sometimes forget in the challenges of daily life. Thanks again for dropping by. I hope you will come back, subscribe, comment, share, and/or just hang out and be inspired or motivated to make each day for yourself or someone else 'anewfavoriteday.' By being here, you have certainly helped to make it mine. xo, Shannon

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3 Comments on ““Walk the walk””

  1. Nis Says:

    I’m searching my brain trying to think of who this sub was… Mrs Leybold??

    Reply

    • mynewfavoriteday Says:

      Yes! She gave us this whole speech in Mrs. Gregos class. I am not sure if she gave Mr. McNeil’s class the same one, ormaybe because we just kept getting in trouble we were more deserving:)

      Reply

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