Having ideals is laudable, of course. But they can go too far if we’re not careful.
Joyful Springers clamp but slip. They hold on to their principles, but they don’t do it so tightly that they make no room for expanding their beliefs and values.
Often, the standards by which you live your life are built on information that can become out of date. Whenever you find yourself in a conflict with others or you experience an unusual amount of stress in your life, ask yourself whether your struggles are related to being stuck to beliefs you’ve outgrown. When you make your ideals a bit malleable, you can keep your honor while still giving yourself room to expand and become more.
[Freckles is back. As you can tell, she has his ball clamped firmly in her mouth, but she's managed to slip loose her tongue so it's free to do other things, like express her joy. ]
Andrea (Ande) Rains Waggener, is an author and fanatical dog mom and a practicing Joyful Springer.
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