“JODY, YOU’VE GOT A LEAK!”
Words a homeowner never wants to hear.
Especially when the aforementioned “leak” meant that a lot of water was pouring into my carpeted basement due to a failing hot water heater.
Over the last few months, I’ve had a seemingly endless stream (no pun intended) of unexpected home repairs. And this was just one more.
Have you ever seen an infinity pool? The water appears to be spilling away, but that’s really just an illusion. In reality, the water is captured in a catch basin and re-circulated.
Such a beautiful architectural design.
And what a picture of life.
Sometimes, I think God must be speaking to me through a megaphone. I’ll hear the same message from a variety of sources...a book, a song, a friend. Even for a blonde, it’s impossible to miss.
Recently, the unmistakable message has been to SIMPLIFY.
Bittersweet. That’s my word for October. There’s so much I love about this month: changing colors, fall breezes, bright blue skies, beautiful moonlight, football games (when Georgia wins), and all things pumpkin.
October also reminds me of loss, because it is the month when my first hero…my dear dad…was promoted to Heaven.
What I wouldn’t give for one more conversation and one more hug.
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?