SHATTERING LINES • When TV Titles Describe Life In The Real World

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There have been times I've needed a Coach or a Community of people that I can talk to in Good Times and bad. Those people who can help me celebrate defining moments, and help me to MASH those bad thoughts of who I think I am, rather than who I actually am.

You see, I'm learning that none of us have it all together, even when we think we do. We're always Keeping Up Appearances in front of people like those at The Office, but when we're alone, we let our real selves show. However, I thank God that I have strong Family Ties and Friends to help me through.

I will say that I have Happy Days, but there are times I feel more shameful than Shameless, and I find myself asking, "What's Happening to me?" Even when I know in my Bones that I'm going to be okay, I feel like a Small Wonder in this big old world. I know that I'm not the only one who feels like this. When things go right I feel like I am Out of This World, and soaring high, but when things go wrong, I let it eat at me and hunker down at home where I feel safe. I don't know about anyone else, but I always feel like I fall on the extreme sides of the emotions spectrum, but rarely am I in The Middle.

To put it bluntly, sometimes I feel like this is My Life in Pieces. I have to remember that sometimes the Chips are down. For instance, I still go through Growing Pains. I'm learning a lot about life, and a lot about who I truly am and it can hurt. Then at other times, I feel like I can fight The Good Fight.

After I come out of The Walking Dead phase, I feel like a Survivor again. I don't know how many times God has been gracious to me, but I know it's been more times than I can count. He's walked me through so many trials, but He gives me his Strong Medicine and helps me to move forward because He's The Good Doctor who wants to see all His children succeed.

I've been Saved By The Bell many times, letting God be my Guiding Light. I admit when I'm going through trials and tribulations, it's easy to forget all of the times He's been there, but I am glad He always is.

I am learning to be more thankful for the Blessings in my life. I may not have been born in a Castle with Silver Spoons in my mouth or the Head of the Class in school, and that's okay, because that's not what's essential to me.

It's always important to take One Day at A Time and each situation Step By Step. I have to remember that I can't Soap over every situation that comes my way. It's okay to be real with those around me and let them know that I need help to make it through.

Then, maybe do a little self-improvement by reading my Bible, praying and talking to God. And when it comes to my House, there's always Home Improvement, like doing dishes, vacuuming and overall cleaning. It's amazing how doing these simple tasks can make a person feel so much better.

Even at 37, I catch myself feeling like The Young and the Restless. How many times have I  wished that I had Wings to just fly away, but I have to learn that I can't run from life or Reality.

Each and every one of us has felt like we'd be happier if we had more money, sports cars and The Nanny, like Alice, to take care of the bigger and more expensive Full House, but Gimme A Break!  These are just  material things.  The things that are really important are the people in our lives, like family. And besides, what about the Family Feud with your Big Brother, little sister, or even your neighbor? Shouldn't these things be fixed? These should be the true things we treasure the most in our lives.

This is Us, and these are the Days of Our Lives. You, me, everyone in The Neighborhood, this means All of Us, have only One Life to Live, so how about it? Let's start seeing our worth. Let's realize that it's okay to ask for help. We need each other, not things.

Let's turn our sadness into Glee. Even if we're in a Three's Company or Three's a Crowd situation, or we're The Last Man Standing, let's stand tall and know that we're important and loved, even when everything looks like it's Stacked against us.  Let's surround ourselves with people who love us and care about us.

Cheers, everyone!

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