There is little more humbling than to acquire a platform and then have nothing to say.
This is the great fear of everyone who has ever spoken in public, with the exception of narcissists who think they always have something important to say.
I have never had this problem.
I have the opposite dilemma. Though I am not fooled into believing everything I say has meaning and importance, I DO find myself talking too much.
It’s really hard for me to control my mouth.
I LOVE to talk! Matter fact, I’m talking right now! I don’t even write these blogs half the time, I just speak them using the voice feature on my phone or some other device!
But there are times when I really do need to just shut up.
On two occasions now I have decided to fast from unnecessary speech. The tongue is the most difficult thing to control, but I cannot relent. I know in my heart that I would benefit from shutting my mouth. Of course this is far more difficult to implement than to say. Usually, about two days in, I start complaining again.
I hate being a complainer!
I grew up in an environment where complaining was considered “expression” right along with curse-words. In a house of four daughters and one often exhausted single-mother, whoever spoke the loudest (or screamed rather) was the one who was heard.
Being loud was a survival mechanism.
It has taken me 33 years of my life to come to the realization that this is not only unhealthy, but that I am behaving in a rather infantile manner when I shout and complain. There are plenty of other maladaptive, manipulative behaviors we humans exhibit, these are just the ones I struggle with.
Anyhow, revelation of this maladaptive behavior I still carry has not aided me any in correcting it.
I still yell. Occasionally I hit something.
I try to make that something a half rack of weights rather than a door or wall (it’s not people anymore these days, thank God), but my lifestyle does not afford me that flexibility every time I need it.
So… After hearing for years from my husband that I am:
1) a little crazy and
2) I need to be quiet (yes we are still married)
I have now heard the same thingfrom my mentor. The good news is I finally got a mentor! The bad news is, he basically just told me that I’m crazy and I need to shut up more!
Now I have to go back to my husband and tell him that I have heard the exact words he has been telling me for years and yet now they finally struck a chord (facepalm).
*in my defense, it is always easier to take correction from someone who is not I am not emotionally tied to… which is why everyone should have a mentor.
Nevertheless, here I stand. Responsible for my own actions.
After all of my frustration and rumination over the past and how I grew up in my home, on the streets, and in the clubs all that matters is self control.
I don’t get a pass because I got dealt a crappy hand.
There is no magical prayer that is going to cause God to get me to shut my mouth from complaining or ranting on my children. (I tried that and it worked but only for a little while.)
The hard cold reality is that I need to stop it. I need to exercise self-control.
I have a choice to make every single time that maladaptive, frightened, angry, toddler Monica decides to show her ugly face. I have a choice to look that person I used to be squarely in the eye and tell her that she doesn’t live here anymore.
And the only way to get my point across clearly is by saying nothing.
I’m going to let that little tyrant stomp her feet and scream until her face turns blue and not open my mouth or share a word of what she is thinking.
I will wait for the chaos in my mind to dissipate.
When that childish, has-been, shadow of me passes out like a toddler on the floor with no more energy left, I’m going to sing and dance around my house with the victory of Christ!
I will have come one step closer to shaping my home into the home it was always meant to be and I have always wanted it to be. I will truly be able to say with each passing day “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
I will lead the way!
I will embrace the influence I have in my home as a woman of God. Just because something is bubbling up inside of me, doesn’t mean I have to speak it into this world! It may not be the right time, context, or in the right spirit.
Discernment is my best friend, but my ride or die is Silence. She’s got my back when nobody else does… even myself.
For all of you fellow crazies out there I just wanted to let you know I love you with all my heart with the love of Christ and you are (still) not alone.
Don’t ever change for anyone but the Lord. All else is vanity.
He knows your heart because He gave it to you and it is His own. You, we, will overcome. Till next time.