Monday, February 16, 2009

Going Somewhere?

A few summers ago I decided to read the original "Dr. Doolittle" to the girls (the original title is . . . get ready for this . . . "The Story of Dr. Doolittle: Being the History of His Peculiar Life at Home and Astonishing Adventures in Foreign Parts Never Before Printed"--whew!). You know, the 1920 classic by Hugh Lofting that is nothing like the 1967 movie version with Rex Harrison and even less like the 1998 movie with Eddie Murphy.

One thing the book and the movies all have in common, though, is a character called the Pushmi-pullyu. I best remember it from the movie I watched as a kid. It was kind of like a siamese llama, all fluffy and white, with a head on each end.

This poor animal, though, didn't know which direction it was going. One head wanted to go one way; the other head wanted to go the other. Both heads had to really work together to get anywhere.

On a lot of days I feel like that poor Pushmi-pullyu.

Take today, for instance. It's President's Day, which means no school. Most of me wants to do something fun with the girls, like go see a movie or head to the mall. But what HAS to be done are dentist appointments, eye doctor appointments, laundry, music lessons, and getting one child to her job. Today will be a day when I'll be heading in all sorts of directions and probably not getting a lot done.

To widen the scope a little bit here, when I look at the future, I feel much like that Pushmi-pullyu, too. Do I want to keep my focus, as it has been for so many years, on being "Mom" to my girls? That's a wonderful thing and something I love doing. Or do I want to pursue other options that swirl around in my head? Writing? Speaking? Teaching? And if I pursued those options, when would be the right time to do that?

The tough thing about being at this point in my life is that I could spend years wandering around, contemplating, wondering which direction to move. And nothing would get done. I don't want that to happen.

But here's the great thing. I have options. We all do, whether we realize it or not. Yes, I feel pushed and pulled in all directions right now, but that's O.K. Maybe that's just what life is all about.

How about you? Are you being pushed and pulled? What are the options facing you right now?

(Just a note: if you have kids and are looking for something good to read with them this summer, check out Hugh Lofting's "Dr. Doolittle" books--there are several. You might enjoy one of them as much as we did.)

5 comments:

  1. Do I want to keep my focus, as it has been for so many years, on being "Mom" to my girls? That's a wonderful thing and something I love doing. Or do I want to pursue other options that swirl around in my head? Writing? Speaking? Teaching? And if I pursued those options, when would be the right time to do that?

    The tough thing about being at this point in my life is that I could spend years wandering around, contemplating, wondering which direction to move. And nothing would get done. I don't want that to happen.


    Been there. Still there. You're singing my song! I am so fearful of missing out on the Lord's plan for me! What if I get to the end of my life and He tells me He had all these wonderful plans for me and I chose to sit on the sofa instead? I can't tell you how many days/months/years I've spent worrying over this very thing. Without turning a comment into a post, I'll say this: I've learned I must trust Him. HE, who began the good work will HIMSELF complete it! If my earnest desire is to be faithful, then He will work it all out! May I do today what He's called me to do for today and trust Him for my tomorrows...

    Sorry for the lengthy comment! This is so something I am working out and I do not consider myself having "arrived"...

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  2. Thank you so much for that, Lisa. I totally agree . . . put one foot in front of the other, seeking God's direction. Interesting time of life, isn't it? :)

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  3. Yes, I think God was nudging us both today toward the thoughts you wrote here and I wrote on my blog. Too funny. :)

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  4. Since my last baby bird just left the nest and I am beginning a new season, I can say, don't fret about these crazy days. There is a new season ahead when your assignment will shift. I'm in the shift... it's exciting and unsettling and lots of things. We're seekers!
    Thanks for coming back by my blog. I read your 25 random things and loved it- I love that meme.

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  5. Shelly,

    Thanks for inviting me here. You are a wonderful writer, a deep thinker and a devoted mother. I love those things in a person.

    I don't know if my post related to this topic helped at all. But I'm so glad God led you there. :)

    Praying clarity for your current ministry,
    Sandy

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