The world needs a lil’ TLC

Last weekend, five days after World Toilet Day was celebrated, we replaced the cracked toilet seat in one of the bathrooms in our house. It began as a teeny-weeny hairline crack that only bothered the very heavy people who sat on it, hence it went unnoticed for several months. But that small crack evolved into a huge one that threatened to bite, so we had no choice but to change it. We finally found the new toilet seat at a bathroom specialist store, and my hubby, of course, was the one designated to replace the seat. And now, the new toilet seat is sitting prettily in our bathroom *throne*, and all thoughts of the old cracked one is forgotten.

It is so easy to fix non-living things, isn’t it? As long as there are spare parts and accessories, and as long as money can buy them, we can always replace or repair broken items. It is not so, however, with the human heart, I’m afraid. Wounds dealt to the fragile heart, emotional ones especially, heal with much difficulty and often leave scars as painful reminders of the *injury*. And isn’t it almost always true that we tend to hurt the ones we love? It’s like the more we love someone, the more we tend to hurt him/her. Maybe it’s because we know them so well that we take them for granted. The thing is, after that the pain sets in and regret engulfs us, so much so that we wish we could retract our actions and words… but it just doesn’t work that way, does it? It is difficult sometimes, but we must remember that every one of us has different characteristics, and that will definitely be the ingredients that might create conflict. However, it is the differing opinions and conflicts that really tests our strength in character. The results are seen in how we deal with any situation in hand. I too have been guilty in reacting in a rash manner, only to regret my actions after that. But I am trying my best to be a better person, and I am using these three points to help me along. I call them my own personal TLC.

To tolerate someone’s mannerism means to accept that person unconditionally, faults and all. When that someone makes you angry, try not to lash out immediately at that person, rather try to calm down and reflect on what you want to say first. Sometimes what you want to retort immediately might be due to something else that you are feeling at that moment, that does not even concern the person you are going to say it to.

In any situation, love is the most important aspect of all. Show love in all that you do, in what you say and what you think. Always remember what the Bible says: “The greatest of these is LOVE.” I couldn’t agree more. Never ever use the word HATE in whatever you say. Although you might feel like saying it, what you say will come back and haunt you for the rest of your life.

When all else fails, show your concern by offering a loving hand and a comforting touch. These will work wonders where no words can heal, believe me. Just reach out and hug that special someone. Even virtual ones count these days. A hug says “I care, I love you for who you are.” And a hug is definitely therapeutic.

At the end of the day, a broken heart is nothing like a broken toilet seat for it can never be repaired to its original state. So make sure that the hairline crack never appears.

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9 Responses to The world needs a lil’ TLC

  1. Jemima says:

    My heart is beyond repair.
    Everyone tells me that I’ll be fine soon & that I’ll get over him.
    It’s easier said than done.
    Only I know how big that crack is.. the crack he left in my heart.

    All I know is.. God will love me for always.
    He’ll take me as I am.. crack & all.

    I need a hug now. 🙁

    The Giddy Tiger gives Jem a big bear hug: Put your trust in the Lord and He will grant you the reassurance you need.

  2. LB says:

    Love… love… love… Tender… lots of Care.. Lots of Concern.. tons of Love! And plenty of HUGS…

    The Giddy Tiger says: Is there a “na na na…” in there somewhere?

  3. rinnah says:

    I really should be more tolerant of other people in my life. I’m too impatient! Yes, lots of tender loving care for all the special people, especially you! *hugs and muacks*

    pssst… you know what? I know a great crack-repairer who’ll give you a new heart each time. Call 1-800-JESUS. Hehehe.

    The Giddy Tiger says: Awww… what a splendid thing to read before I go to bed tonight. Thanks Rinnah… *hugsss*

  4. cbenc12 says:

    I felt that I am less and less TLC when I grow older and when I stepped my foot to the society. Perhaps sometime I get away and become less considerate.. Hmm.. must remind myself to be more TLC from time to time..

    The Giddy Tiger says: Yeah, we could certainly all do with a little TLC.

  5. Adino says:

    If someone would only remind me of T-L-C the next time I get angry with someone 🙂

    I would add one more to the list, which is (R)espect. If we respect someone else, we will find it easier to communicate with them!

    The Giddy Tiger says: Yes, I agree. Respect is an important ingredient in our walk of life.

  6. mistipurple says:

    good post.
    sometimes our horns protrude when we get too heated up. i tape them down with lots of masking tape.

    The Giddy Tiger says: Make sure the masking tape is secure…

  7. mistipurple says:

    barley peng come already. got tip or not? hand deliver wor. hehe

    The Giddy Tiger says: Where where? *brings tupperware*

  8. zara's mama says:

    Wah.. why so chim one today’s post?


    But it’s true la.. objects easy to replace, feelings nope.

    The Giddy Tiger says: I realized that I haven’t been *chim* in a long while ….

  9. may says:

    now, how did I miss this? ahhhh, good old TLC. whether it’s Tolerance-Love-Concern or Tender-Loving-Care, it’s still all about L-O-V-E… 🙂

    The Giddy Tiger says: Yep…and not in the Ashley Simpson kinda way..

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