You know, I want to thank all of you for coming here so often. To be totally honest, it really blows me away when I look at the stats and see how many of you come. I'm not sure what draws you and why you come and keep coming, but I want you to know I appreciate it!
Life has been so busy lately. I know, I know, I write that all the time. But there's a point to it, so bear with me. Church has been taking a fair amount of time (I was assigned to give the Standards Night talk to the 14-18 year olds. Good times and not awkward at all), work has been very busy as we gear up for The Wizard of Oz, I've been trying to be supportive and read drafts written by my critique group--oh, and I have a family, too.
This morning, I went out early to start the car so it could defrost and warm up (happily, we don't live in Davidson County with that execrable law about not being able to do that). I dashed back inside and finished getting ready.
When the kids and I went back to the car, it was warm. And we drove in comfort to school. I sipped my morning diet Dr. Pepper (I'm seriously trying to quit) while the kids dozed comfortably.
It hit me just how blessed we are and how good our live are. Don't get me wrong. Life isn't perfect. I have a lot of things I worry about, things that weigh heavily on my mind. Being a teacher, it might shock you to know, for instance, that we worry about money. A lot. There's always a car repair bill, or a school fee and now we're into braces. A son goes to college next year and a daughter will (hopefully) go to a good private high school. I could go on and on with the stresses large and small.
But I've learned that happiness is not a life without challenges or stresses. It is not the absence of problems. It is the ability to look at and enjoy the good.
Just a few years ago, I was driving a car so old that smoke came out of the vents if you turned the heater on. This meant I couldn't use the heat or defrost.
The only way to defrost without a heater is to have the inside temperature equal the outside temperature. So, I drove all winter with the windows down.
I had to wear earmuffs and wrap my head in a scarf and cover myself with a thick blanket.
It was like getting bundled up for an old-fashioned sleigh-ride. This is how I drove all winter.
So, my car has some quirks and problems. It's got a lot of miles and it's not the most luxurious thing in the world. But it has heat and a/c, and every morning when I get in and feel the warm air coming, I smile and enjoy it.
Not only can we be happy in spite of our problems, I think our problems can make us happier in this way.
So, life is busy. And, in some ways, it's hard. But, gosh, it's sure good!
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