Something incredible happened last night.
A very large hurricane is looming offshore. Florida, Georgia and South Carolina are bracing for devastating winds, rain and storm surge. Hundreds of thousands have evacuated. And when SEC football games are cancelled or rescheduled you know the threat is really serious.
The US hasn’t been hit by a major hurricane in over 10 years. Many coast dwellers have forgotten the damage that a hurricane can make. It’s hard to “live ready” when life has been storm free for so long.
So much like our lives.
The other day, I pulled into my garage and glanced down at my odometer.
The equivalent of 21 drives across the US. That mileage accumulated from lots and lots of mundane, errand-laden trips and some very special journeys.
Since I recently passed 60 on the “odometer” of my life, I’ve been reflecting about my miles and milestones and the lessons I’ve learned. In these days of so much uncertainty, I’ve wondered: “What do I know that I know that I know?”
Do you ever get caught in the comparison game? With looking at others and feeling as though you don’t quite measure up? It’s so easy to feel “less than” when we focus wistfully on others’ skills and abilities. Meanwhile, we overlook our own unique and special gifts.
Whether you are 16 or 60, YOU are uniquely and wonderfully made, with much to contribute to this world.
Have you ever had your feelings deeply hurt or been grossly mistreated? Felt used, abused or excluded? Yup, me too.
Worse yet, has anything horrible happened to someone you loved? Rape, sexual abuse, robbery, slander?
What do you do with those hurts, especially when they happened to someone who was completely innocent? How do you deal with the resultant righteous anger and indignation?
How do you let go of the pain, especially if the person causing the hurt or pain was not remorseful or even caught?
Where were you on 9/11/01?
Allergy season must have started early this year. Or maybe that’s not the real reason behind all of the red-eyed parents that I’ve seen recently. Yes, the red eyes are the symptom of a changing season…just a season of life, not the weather.
It’s that time of year again. A new school year has started. And with the advent of another academic year comes fear, anxiety, uncertainty, and nerves. Especially for parents!
Recently, I had the completely awe-inspiring experience of watching a baby sea turtle emerge from the nest and make the long trek across the sand to the ocean. The temptation was to pick the miniature turtle up and help him on his way. But I knew that would likely be harmful to the baby turtle. He would gain strength for his adventures at sea by the work required to cross the sand.
Remember this old saying? The implication is that the shoemaker’s children often go unshod. And sadly, the truth of this adage applies across a broad spectrum. It happens with “PK’s” (Pastors' Kids),“MK’s” (Missionaries' Kids), and even “BK’s” (Builders’ Kids). A parent might dedicate their life to a particular calling, but neglect their own families in the same exact area.
But sometimes, gloriously, the shoemaker’s children have beautiful, handcrafted shoes. And when that happens, it should be celebrated!
Have you ever wondered if your life has really mattered? Whether you’ve made a difference with your years?
The milestones in our lives often cause those questions to bubble to the surface. Perhaps it’s a birthday that ends in a zero, retirement from a long-held career, moving to a new city, or something even more devastating like a diagnosis of cancer or ALS. But down deep, all of us have moments of wondering about the impact of our lives.