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Oceans For Emotions: Take responsibility for your own actions

By By Elaine Wheat
Sept. 23, 2013 at 4:23 a.m.


"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths."

  • Proverbs 3:5-6

Sometimes, just trying hard won't cut it. Sometimes, some things are just impossible to do.

A couple of weeks ago, I broke the first cervical vertebrae in my neck. And like any good fisherman, I asked my nuerosurgeon if I could still go fishing. He replied, "Certainly, you can."

I was so thrilled and happy that I could still fish that I had images of trout, redfish and flounder dancing in my head.

But then my doctor had saved the last dance for him when he told me I could do anything but lean over, reach to the side, reach high or basically move my neck and arms in any direction.

I said, "Well, Doctor, nobody can fish without doing that." And he said, "Well then, now you get the picture. Elaine, you just told yourself that you can't fish, so don't be mad at me. Take responsibility for your own actions."

I think that taking responsibility for our own actions is a life lesson we all need to learn and practice in all of our ways of life.

Dear Lord, please help us to remember to do things on Your time. Help me to be patient enough to let my body heal, so I can go fishing again and move all of my bodily parts.

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