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And Then There Was Wind

 
Today a fashion-conscious acquaintance posted this as her Facebook status... "Hours spent on my hairdo... And then there was wind."   I have to admit that it made me laugh.  Life is so like that, isn't it? I washed my car... and then there was rain.  I polished my furniture... and then there was a dust storm.  I put on my nicely cleaned and pressed black pants for work... and then one of my long-haired furkids rubbed against my leg to say goodbye.  I filled a Solo cup with ice and sweet tea... and then Tiggy decided to fish for the ice, tipping the whole cup off the end table in the process.  I wore a shirt with wide black and white stripes... and then I spilled my lunch - on the white stripes of course!
 
It often seems like our best efforts and plans go haywire. Some days I can  laugh it off and smile... like when Tiggy jumped off the table as the spilled tea flooded across her feet and onto the floor, and then did her best to look innocent.  Then there are days when I am tired and it seems like just one more little thing going wrong is too much to bear - and I  grumble and rumble and occasionally break into tears. That's called being human too.  Later on I'm usually willing to admit that I might have overreacted a just a little bit.
 
I think the important thing is not so much that we handle every situation with dignity and grace, but that we are able to dust ourselves off and get on with life, and that we don't let it become bigger in our minds than it really is.  God isn't angry with me if it rains on my clean car, and the bundt cake breaking when I take it out of the pan isn't truly the end of the world... "cake" happens. :-)
 
One more thing that it's important to understand at times like this... bad things happen to ALL of us - don't take it personally!  Life isn't out to get me, it isn't only me that has bad things happen, I am not the most unfortunate person on the face of the earth!  Everybody has things go wrong in their lives now and then; if someone appears to have the ideal life with no problems,  they are probably just very good at keeping it to themselves. 
 
Don't let the ups and downs of life defeat you, don't let tripping over a speed bump on the road be a reason to turn back, and don't let a difficult moment become an excuse for a bad day, or a bad week, or an unhappy life!  Learn to laugh at yourself and the things that befall you... if you're life is anything like mine, you will never run out of reasons! :-) 
 
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24 comments:

  1. I had plenty of opportunities to put this in to practice yesterday when I dropped the salt shaker and salt spilled all over my just-cleaned floor. And I did it twice!
    May your day be filled with full, unspilled glasses of tea!

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    1. Ugh! You have my sympathies, Christine! I've cleaned up sugar spills before... gritty and sticky on bare feet! I also once had a 3-liter bottle of soda blow it's top all over the kitchen... walls, ceiling, windows, floor, and me! Now THAT was a mess to clean up... and I did laugh as it dripped down my face and off my nose! :-)

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  2. I have just given up on getting out of the house without dog hair all over me! When you have babies and they spit up..it's acceptable.... Well.. she's my baby now!

    Thanks for pondering with me

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    1. It's the same here Brenda, dark pants or shirts don't go on until we're ready to walk out the door... and then it's with a lint roller in my purse! My supervisors have white dogs so they have the same problem too!

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  3. I have the same problem with cat hair - it's everywhere and no amount of dusting and vacuuming seems to get it all.

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    1. I understand completely, three of my four cats are long-haired and the fourth one sheds just as badly, there is no way to keep the house fur free and I've long since given up trying. Love me, love my furkids... if you visit here, don't wear dark clothes! :-)

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  4. Your Sophie looks somewhat like my Pandora - is she a Maine Coon?

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    1. She is a rescue kitty from the shelter, they said she is Maine Coon. She certainly is at least part that. She was so scruffy when we got her but she has bloomed into a beautiful, contented kitty that is by far the sweetest one we've ever known. Wish we could clone her! :-) I love the Maine Coon personality. I had one before too. He was a little bear of a cat, and as gentle as a teddy bear!

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  5. Yep, I just dust myself off and move forward. It's all any of us can do. We're in trouble when we just stop. No giving up for the two of us.

    Have a terrific day honey. Big hugs. :)

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    1. You are exactly right Sandy, I may fuss and fume a little, and throw a tiny pity party, but then I get my fight on and get back in gear. I've survived this long and I sure don't intend to give up now!! Have wonderful weekend coming up, Sandee!

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  6. God isn't angry with us, but we can sure convince ourselves at times, can't we. This was a great take on the wind prompt! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. You are absolutely right Stacy. No one ever promised us that life would be easy, but we can get thru it, we are never truly alone.

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  7. time and chance happens to us all! no one is spared. might as well seek out the joy and laughter since we're all in the same boat.

    Happy Memorial Day!!

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    1. So very true, Rory, no one is exempted, we are all in this together, the best thing we can do is help each other along on the journey.

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  8. There is a saying that 'It's an ill wind that blows no (original was nobody good.' Probably a hurricane would fill this bill. Most times we should have a 'patience learning' exercise from these incidents. (Patience is a virtue.)
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    1. Sad to admit that patience is still not one of my virtues, Jim, but I work at it. It is also said that "patience is the art of concealing your impatience"! :-) I agree with you that many of the irritations and annoyances of life are learning experiences, teaching us to take each day as it comes and not sweat the small stuff, also to be grateful for what we do have that is good!

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  9. It's always been full speed ahead for me too. You can't sweat the small stuff. No you can't.

    Have a fabulous evening my friend. Hugs. ☺

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    1. If you do it will drive you crazy Sandee, and since that's a fairly short drive for me, I have learned to take a breath and let it go! :-))

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  10. I loved "cake happens" made me laugh..great post but tell me why cake doesn't happen when I'm craving a big piece of German chocolate cake.

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    1. LOL, GS, I'm with you, and now you've got me craving a big piece of chocolate Coca Cola cake with fudge frosting and a scoop of icecream! I'm doubting that is going to happen either, but I can wish! :-)

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  11. I have learned to choose my battles, as well as what and who are important. Hugs.

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    1. Exactly Annie, we can't fight every issue, and we can't let every minor upset and disappointment derail us emotionally. Over the years we learn to let a lot of it go and address the really big things when we need to. All the other stuff... just isn't that important in the big picture of life! Hugs back to ya! :-)

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  12. When I look back most of the big bad stuff wasn't all that big or bad. Some was but not all. Age helps put perspective on things,too.

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    1. I agree Patricia, what seems huge at the time often looks a little different with some time and age. I once worked for a lady that said not to stress about anything for three days, after that time most issues would sort themselves out and the only ones remaining would need more attention. I've learned that she was right. :-)

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