All around the world today, women are being celebrated. That’s kind of nifty. It’s International Women’s Day, just in case you hadn’t heard.
This last week I’ve been working overtime to elevate one of the strong, compassionate women in my life. My cousin Tara, co-founder of Army Wife Network, was nominated for Military Spouse of the Year.
Note: You might remember Tara from the post we did about her book, 1001 Things To Love About Military Life.
My entire family has been working overtime on social media, trying to get the vote out and driving everyone around us nuts over it. (Thank you if you voted!)
Yesterday we found out SHE MADE IT.
She gathered enough votes to be named MSOY for the Army and we are all just whooping it up over the news. Our entire family is thrilled. So I popped onto Facebook later in the day to comment on everyone’s statuses and join in the revelry.
And I saw this update from Tara:
When you put yourself out there…there is always one to piss in your cheerios.
It irked me because, hello? Don’t step on my peeps! But it also made me sad until I looked down at the comments. The support she got back was immediate and overwhelming.
My three faves were:
Alice: Well you have a whole bunch of us willing to go and drown said someone with piss-covered Cheerios, just tell us who to go get!!!
Wendy: I know this wasn’t meant to be funny, but it did make me LOL – “Sometimes the only taste of success some people get is when they take a bite out of you.” – Zig Ziglar
Stephen: Don’t eat cheerios. Eat bacon. No one has the guts to piss on bacon.
But the best response was from her pal, Babette…just three little words:
Move. Your. Bowl.
Damn straight, Babette.
Why did I post this today? You mean besides it being International Women’s Day?
I see people all the time who lament about their “pee-pee covered Cheerios,” if you get my drift. I’m using a female example in honor of the day, but it’s really pretty universal.
There are tons of times when life truly is dark. And there are periods when we choose to stay in the dark. I hope every person who reads this today encourages someone else to inch on over toward their “happy.”
Reach out to offer or accept a little support from your friends and family and inch on over toward that light.
An inch over several days becomes yards, then miles…
A drop of water will eventually carve out a cavern, then a canyon…
And if some small-minded person tries to steal your joy, or in this case “piss in your Cheerios,” for Pete’s sake…MOVE YOUR BOWL.
How do you deal with the old “Cheerio Attack?” Do you tend to confront, walk away, or just move over an inch or two to a more comfy emotional plane? Enquiring minds always want to know these things here at More Cowbell!