Embrace Your Inner Fuddy-Duddy!

Jan 14, 2019 by

Embrace Your Inner Fuddy-Duddy!

The dictionary defines Fuddy-Duddy as “one that is old-fashioned, unimaginative, or conservative.”  You know that part of you that always likes to do things a certain way (because it is the right way, of course.)

That part that likes the dishes put away your way, the car maintained on your schedule, the toilet paper on the roll your way, the coat hangers all facing in the same direction.   Yes, that part!

Please don’t tell me you don’t have an Inner Fuddy-Duddy!  We all do.

My father was a fuddy-duddy in that he always wanted “a place for everything and everything in its place.”  I remember more than once my dad calling out, “Edwene, what have you done with the scissors, or the hammer, or the scotch tape, or the pencil sharpener?”

I am not pleased to admit that I have not always lived up to his teaching.

When I find myself annoyed at the folks at the next table in restaurant who are all on their cell phones and ignoring each other, I try to remember that I did not grow up with that challenge.

We talked to each other at the dinner table.  So, I tell myself, “Let it go.  Don’t judge!, when what I want to do is shake them, with my all-knowing Mother Superior attitude, and remind them to love and care for each other.

I still have Fuddy-Duddy issues.  Especially when folks on TV use “less” and “fewer” incorrectly or, for God’s sake, say, “I feel badly,” which means that your fingers don’t have a good sense of touch.

So, here is my secret for dealing with my own personal inner Fuddy-Duddy.  Learn to laugh at yourself.  If you cannot manage a laugh just yet, start with a smile and an inner comment to self, “There I go again.  Oops!”

Life is about change!  Especially now in this fast moving, constantly changing outer world, we can learn to let go of old-fashioned ideas and practices and give ourselves permission to grow in loving acceptance of ourselves and all the other Fuddy-Duddies out there.

Kindness, respect, and compassion will ease us all into a gentle grace-filled life.


Rev. Dr. Edwene Gaines

P.O. Box 125, Valley Head, AL  35989

www.prosperityproducts.com  –  prosper@tds.net

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  1. Laurie

    Fantastic Edwene! Excellent and to the point!

    Miss you so much and sorry no more firewalks.

    Laurie Brown (formerly Eittreim)

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