Okay, I started out by writing a 'honey-do' list for today. Then I realized the sheer frustration in that what I write down to get done, will probably get done, but will it be done in the logical sequence that I would like? Which part of NO would you like to review, the "N" or the "O"? Life is like that. We can plan to do things a certain way, then it gets completely spun up, around, and by, numerous contributing factors. Last minute (who's kidding who here - more like MOMENT) changes, contemplations, with the accompanying ramifications, implications, and other '...tions' that can come from something as relatively easy as a household that comprises of 3-4 females, vs. yours truly, to some really life-changing influences. Granted of those 3-4 females, three of them are on four legs, and vary in their time with us. We're doing an 'extended stay' while helping our friend and next-door neighbor out during a very trying time in her life. I would sincerely appreciate your consideration of keeping her and her daughter and their family in your thoughts and prayers as her daughter was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She is Stage-4. She's only 34 and has 3 small children and a baby. For the time being, we have her dog Lori and her daughter's cat Tika with us full-time (our neighbor isn't too thrilled with cats in her house), and on occasion, her daughter's dog Daphne whenever the grandchildren aren't there. Yesterday, Daphne's collar came up M.I.A. I looked at this as an excellent opportunity to get a collar from my favorite surf shop in VB. I mean, what's there not to like about a collar with WRV's trademark logo (Wave Riding Vehicles - surfboards to the uninitiated) of a circle of 5 dolphins in pink, with the inscribed suggestion of "Take Me to the Beach" for a female dog? Yes, WRV has the same thing in blue so it is even easier to identify whether the dog you see is a he or a she, just by the color-coding on the collar. I think (oops, that probably wasn't authorized) it's a great idea. Tika isn't feeling the love on that one, as she thinks that whatever Daphne gets, she should too. Sounds like our own daughters of the 2-legged persuasion. Yeah, I know, duck for incoming flying something or other at speed from them when they read this… even if one will be doing so long-distance. They know I love them…
This brought to mind that we can face lots of decisions and choices as we go down life's path. We have boundaries and fences that keep us in check from getting too creative, or in my case, in need of getting tagged by the 'hey stooopid bat' on a reoccurring basis. I glanced at the image on my desktop and saw the perennial fences (a scene from Colonial Williamsburg) that has plenty of contrast in lighting to key in the bright and not so bright times in our lives. If you look at the chimneys and (this is a stretch) accept the fact that they are alone in pointing towards Heaven, then perhaps if we were to momentarily warm ourselves spiritually in trusting in His Divine presence and Spirit - just ask the folks around Bird Neck Road last week (the F/A-18 crash), we can count on Him to see us through the bright and dark times in our lives.
Just a thought.
P.S. One year ago yesterday, a team of U.S. Navy surgeons at Portsmouth Naval Medical Center were being guided by Higher Authority to repair the heart of a certain old guy who knows a little bit about photography and fixing computers, and is prone to going surfing whenever he can, along with a strong penchant for Moosehead and rambling on Monday mornings.
Thanks God for guiding them well, so I can continue to do the things I think You want me to do and help others whenever, wherever, and however I can.
Have a great week.