On Sunday, I met a woman at an event I attended and during the getting-to-know you segment, we started talking. Although I don’t have children myself, I probably come off as very motherly because of all the time I spend working with other people’s children. So she asked me for a referral for a friend of her son’s (who is also the son of her friend. Lol) who is acting out, has left home and needs to figure out where his life is heading before he makes some choices that carry big consequences. He needs to talk to a professional. He needs professional services. She knew that and I knew that she knew that. I hated hearing the story but I listened because it was her experience and she needed to share it.
She asked me to pray for her and I promised to, except I told her that I’ll pray for her today because she’s going through a challenging moment but that in the circle of life, she might need to pray for me soon because my challenge might come tomorrow. When I said it, I thought about that line a TV pastor made famous – he says, we are always either in a storm, coming out of one or heading into one. That’s a kind of fatalistic way to view life and while it’s also true that we don’t know when our storms will come, I don’t like walking through my peaceful moment thinking about an impending storm. It feels like we should just enjoy the sunshine while it lasts.
So I came home, did some laundry, enjoyed watching the Super Bowl and made plans for a great week ahead. I thought about the outfits I would wear when it warmed up later this week and just generally enjoyed the view of a cloudless day in la-la-land. And when I woke up today (yesterday’s tomorrow just like I predicted), the bar in my closet broke and now all my clothes are in shambles. I am literally picking up the pieces over here.
Hopefully this is the beginning and the end of my challenges this week. I could use some smooth sailing ahead.
Since I read Marie Kondo’s book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I’ve been planning to go through my entire closet and get rid of some things. If you’ve read her book (or the sequel, Spark Joy), or are familiar with her master classes, you know she recommends that you take all your clothes out of the closets and drawers etc. and sort through them before you hang or fold anything and put it away. For a long time, I’ve avoided going to the back of the closet. Now I have no choice. I have to see this new development as a silver lining. Then again, what choice do I have?
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