Nursery Rhymes and Life ~~
Ah the memories of nursery rhymes from elementary school. It was so exciting when you were finally able to quote them by heart. A couple of the ones that stick out to me are: “There was an old woman who lived in a shoe, she had so many children she did not know what to do” and “Rock-a-bye baby on the treetop, When the wind blows, The cradle will rock”. Adults would also sing these lullaby nursery rhymes to their babies.
Somewhere when I was writing my second book, uncluttered :discovering strength and purpose in the chaos of life, going through menopause and other life crises; I began to question things that were taught to me growing up. One of my challenges was religion. I am a firm believer in Jesus Christ as Lord, but somewhere along the line I brought into question church rules. Some of it felt like abuse because it was not what I believed the Bible was saying.
You are probably thinking what on earth does nursery rhymes and church have to do with life? While reading some of those nursery rhymes in 2017; the ending of those stories just hit me. Why was it considered ok that she “whipped them all soundly and put them to bed” and we are singing to our infants “When the bough breaks, The cradle will fall, And down will fall baby, Cradle and all”. What part of this was ok??
Just like nursery rhymes and church, I came to point in my life that I had to believe what I knew was right and what I felt was wrong. I love to study, and I love rules. During my studies, I realized that there were probably some errors in how I was taught.
It was so ingrained in my mind to respect and not question authority. When I moved to Houston I started to meet people that loved God, but they believe differently than I was taught. It put me into this mode of “I’m not wrong and it’s OK to not agree”. It was a liberating feeling.
I recently lost my daddy. The two weeks before his death I was able to make peace with him. He knew I didn’t always agree with him and it caused a strain in our relationship. He was a strict disciplinarian. I forgave him and thanked him for all the good, because it was the right thing to do. My daddy was only a product of how he was raised.
If something doesn’t feel right, do research it and be ok with what you believe. Just don’t break the law.
Lisa Giesler, Professional Organizer, Speaker, Author of Uncluttered :discovering strength and purpose in the chaos of life.
Quotes by: Mother Goose