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Simple Grace - - Mood Index -

“Dear Lord, as a nurse I have no prob­lem ad­vis­ing loved ones who need my ex­per­tise—it’s their fail­ure to fol­low through that I can’t stand. My sis­ter-in-law called me in hor­ri­ble pain af­ter a fall last month and asked me to rec­om­mend a spe­cial­ist. But even though I found her the best one, she opted for some fringy ther­a­pist who’d ‘worked mir­a­cles’ on a friend. And I spent weeks ed­u­cat­ing my mom when she had to go on a gluten-free diet, then watched her break ev­ery rule in the book. This kind of thing hap­pens so much that I know they’ll come back to me when they get worse, and of course, I’ll bail them out. But each time I do, I feel put-upon about it and more than a lit­tle smug when they ad­mit I was right from the get-go. I’m start­ing to dread help­ing peo­ple be­cause of the way they bring out the bad side of me. Can You help?”

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