life, Spirituality

The Unexpected

Bridge over the mighty Mississippi

Last year I wrote about sending out an intention to the Universe of something that you would like to occur in your life (or pray), and then trust it will happen. One example I shared before was the synchronicity of our move back home.

Not only does the Universe/God answer our call/prayer in due time, but sometimes we receive answers we aren’t even looking for.

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life, thoughts

Things I Learned from my Refrigerator

  1. Don’t buy appliances from a company that is known to be struggling.
  2. Don’t buy General Electric.
  3. It’s good to buy an extended warranty on appliances (if it’s from a company that’s not struggling).
  4. It’s good to have a spare refrigerator, even if it’s small.
  5. Things will go wrong at the most inopportune time, like a broken refrigerator when I’m expecting lots of guests.
  6. When something unexpected puts a kink in plans, I don’t handle it very well. My mind whirls in confusion, and I need someone to help me take the situation in bite sized pieces.
  7. I shouldn’t berate myself for number six on this list.
  8. I’m the only one I know that would offer my refrigerator as temporary storage if someone told me theirs had broken down.
  9. My dad told me stories about how his dad worked at an ice company in the 1940’s, where he delivered blocks of ice for ice boxes in homes. In other words, old-time refrigerators. This makes me grateful for modern refrigerators, especially since I didn’t have one for three weeks.
  10. Even after a problematic situation is taken care of, like finally getting the refrigerator fixed, something else may go wrong.
  11. Don’t panic if I get a sore throat. It’ll pass.
  12. When I get a nasty cold, take care of myself with lots of vitamins, rest and chicken soup.
  13. Don’t worry about what needs to get done. Remain optimistic that the cold will be a brief setback. Like the refrigerator debacle, this too shall pass.
  14. Despite these minor inconveniences, I’m extremely grateful for the blessings in my life. It’s good to be home.

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life, philosophy

Ungrateful

We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us. ~ Joseph Campbell

We had a snow storm overnight on Sunday into Monday. Well, it was actually a blizzard. I love when it snows (like last week), but anything over four inches . . . I’m not really down with that.

Ten inches in total this time.

I can’t complain though. I mean, I do live in Northeast Illinois, after all. It’s not like this type of weather is a surprise or anything. Although, the deep snow and cold arrived earlier than usual this year.
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life, thoughts

A World of Rejects?

We hear lots of recklessly assigned labels in our society these days. You know, homophobe, misogynist, xenophobe, racist, fascist, etc. These words are used to say that someone hates a particular group of people.

So, what kind of a “ist” or phobe is someone who hates ALL people?

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holidays, life

Griping or Grateful?

Every year as January 1st draws near, I hear some people say, “I can’t wait to start the new year. Thank God this one is almost over.”

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