Saturday, February 6, 2016
Sometimes You Goof Off & Sometimes You Wait For Trains!
Have you ever thought you were doing great, running around, getting stuff done, on your way to being about 15 minutes early for something and then, BAM! Out of nowhere comes some huge obstacle that plunks itself ever so comfortably down right in your way? You can't get around it, you can't go over it, you can't go under it, you can't even go through it. All you can do is wait.
So much for being 15 minutes early, chug-a chug-a toot! toot!.....So much for being early at all.............Chug- a- chug toot! So much for being on time.......Chuga-chuga okay, now we're late.....Chug-a- chug-a crap......now we are really late, and it's dark, and now that the sun went down it's getting a tad nippy. Not the ideal conditions in which to take on the outdoor task of installing a water heater.
Oh well, what can ya do?
If you think about it, proverbial trains happen a lot throughout our lives. Forced waits. Maybe they are a not-so subtle reminder that we take ourselves way too seriously, too much of the time. Maybe they are a hint to take a step back and realize the world doesn't stop if we have to be still for a while, especially at those exact moments when we think it's just not possible.
If you ever find yourself getting wrapped up in how important every minute is, I highly recommend the goofiness available in our hi-tech world. The top photo was taken through an app called snapchat. I promise, if you let your inner 10 year old out to play now and again, and let her giggle til she pees a little, you'll forget how important and serious everything is.....at least for a while.
Other than impromptu train waits, the rest of the week went pretty well.....
Things at the shop are moving along quite nicely, the weather was pretty decent, I had the opportunity to spend some time with all the grandbabies, and managed to throw another batch of words at the novel I'm writing.
I am ever grateful for a good life.
As I watch the news, both local and worldwide, I see so many struggling. Some, fighting for things so simple as a clean glass of water, some for their lives because of war or illness. Yet even more because of job loss, finding themselves suddenly facing an economic hardship that, a few short years ago, they never thought would come.
I have to have hope. There have always been struggles in our world. There have been wars and other acts of terror carried out and fuelled by evil people who thrive on others' misery, Illnesses are hardly new, and neither are the predictions of economic doom.
I have to have hope that much smarter people than I will find solutions. I have to have hope that at some point egos will be set aside to do just that. I have to have hope that, our planet, and those who inhabit it will once again enjoy some peace. Even if just for a moment.
I have to have hope, and I do. I see it in every act of kindness that doesn't make the 11 O'clock news. I see it in the eyes of every wide-eyed, determined, brilliant student at our great schools. I see it in the eyes of every child.
In the meantime, I'll do my best to put as many smiles on as many faces as I can, while I wait for the train.......
As for the upcoming week............
Time will be spent assisting in the assembly of one of the largest 3D puzzles you will ever see....it just so happens to be in the shape of a trailer.....
Time will be spent trying to time the arrival of parts for future jobs so that we neither have to wait for said parts, nor have to trip all over them whilst trying to complete another.
Time will be spent writing a novel with intriguing characters, absorbing plot twists, and a kick ass ending (that's my plan, anyway.......)
Time will be spent scrubbing toilets and doing laundry.............
Until next time I'll leave you with this wish............
May those who injure without remorse, find clarity, conscience, their soul's reflection intolerable..
May lady justice find her way to those in mansions built from the bones of the vulnerable.
May the soul of humanity shine through the smoke of the very flames trying to burn it to the ground.
May we become greedy for compassion, have it become what makes the world go 'round.
May laws pass to reflect the real needs of all people, not the wants of the pocket-lined few.
May we, the rest, hold each other up, keep each other strong, pull each other through.
Until next week.....................