Tuesday, September 20

When all is said and done...

I don’t get why we feel that nothing can happen because we have done all we can or need to do to cover all bases. However, the thing about life, which we all know, but which still confounds us when it happens is, anything can happen. The forces do sometimes conspire to remind us that we cannot always be in control of everything.

So, a few days ago all the operating systems in my house shut down. Completely. I arrived home after a tiring journey to find that there is no power, the inverter, generator, cable TV, internet, everything had shutdown. I could not recall that ever happening, nor could I explain how or why.

I had two choices: lose control at why this should be happening now, or take it in my stride and accept that it is one of those things that I can do nothing about at that moment and go to sleep. It was difficult, but I chose the second option.

But I learned a few lessons. One, no matter how much insurance I have in place, systems do fail. Secondly, the way I react in the face of that failure is purely my choice. Negative energy depletes, remaining positive helps me able to take a step back and re-strategize. And thirdly, while a bad experience might not leave me totally unscathed, I would have learned something, one way or the other. The way we react in the face of the small is a reflection of our reaction when the big things happen. With so much happening in the larger world, why sweat the ‘small’ things?

After all, what guarantee do we have in life? According to Joel Osteen 'you can’t control everything around you. Be your best and trust God to take care of the rest.' 

I vote we rest and be free oh!

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