Right or Happy? That IS the question.

December 3, 2014 Book Review, reviews 9


Recently my baby brother did something to make me so angry I could have beat him up with my bare hands if he were not a foot+ taller and outweigh me by 100 lbs.  What’s ironic is that he was thinking his actions were helping me when, in reality, it did just the exact opposite.  But isn’t that the way it goes?  In The Mill River Redemption sisters Rose and Emily are completely estranged.  Reading the terrible manner in which they treat each other had me thinking about the situation with my brother and thankful we resolved the drama before Thanksgiving dinner!

I’m reminded of a popular saying do you want to be right or do you want to be happy?  As stubborn as my family can be {yes, me included} I’ve figured out that being happy is more important to me.  Especially when the argument is about something stupid, and this one was!

Now that sentiment would go out the window entirely if someone’s life were in danger.  For most instances though, dealing with family stuff by the ‘happy or right’ quotient keeps me sane {as long as I truly DO let. it. go. and choose happiness over rightness}  And man is that hard to do. But also absolutely necessary.

How do you deal with family drama during the holidays?

This post was inspired by the novel The Mill River Redemption by Darcie Chan, about two estranged sisters who are forced to work together in order to uncover the hidden inheritance by their mother.   Join From Left to Write on December 2nd as we discuss The Mill River Redemption and enter to win a copy of the novel.  As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.

This novel along with The Mill River Recluse  paired together makes a great gift for anyone who enjoys fiction with inspirational, healing stories!

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9 Responses to “Right or Happy? That IS the question.”

  1. Darcie Chan

    Loved your post! You’re so right about choosing between happiness and “rightness.” It is SO hard to do — to let things go, or most things, at least! Writing the tough scenes involving Rose and Emily was incredibly difficult for me, because I kept imagining how I’d feel if I were in a similar situation with one of my two younger real-life sisters. In the end, I hope I’d choose happiness over being right, particularly given how close the three of us are.

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