A Stern Talking To

A few days ago, I had a moment that eclipsed the Veruca Salt tantrum in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

I wanted my gooses and geeses and golden eggs – hundreds of golden eggs. And, maybe a well-behaved, nut sorting squirrel or two. And, throwing in being the empress of the universe seemed like a good thing too.


While Superman can leap a building in a single bound AND look graceful at the same time, grace and accuracy have never my strong suit.

Kerry Cue’s book ‘How to Save the World Before Breakfast’
Drawings by Craig Smith.

I swear I’ve experienced each of the ‘Inappropriate Flight Paths’.

As I leapt for the sky to bound over the building in my path of cosmos domination, gravity had a thing or two to say and it wasn’t pretty. That’s when my patented SPLAT-SLITHER move happened. I slammed into my obstacle and pancaked like a cartoon character, making squeaky noises as my flattened self slid down to the ground.

What caused all this drama? Everything and nothing. The universe has been re-teaching me lessons in patience and goal setting.

Reminder #1: Set realistic goals that I know I can achieve.

Reminder #2: See Reminder #1.

Reminder #3: Don’t forget Reminder #1

I’ve experienced the turbulence that knock goals astray. I’ve been the turbulence that have stymied my goals – then, I have a stern talk with myself.



  • Don’t necessarily agree with you, here. Goals you know you can achieve are good for the ego (and the warm fuzzy of achieving them) but the challenge of the seemingly-impossible dream… Babies would never learn to walk without it!

    • Thanks for stopping by. It’s nice to meet you. I’ll still set goals above and beyond, but I sometimes need to be realistic in my goal setting. 🙂

  • Excellent reminders. 🙂

    • Thank you, my friend!

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