Appreciating What I Have…

Today is the coldest morning we’ve had so far this season…the house wasJane Carroll sixty-one degrees when woke up…and…I whined…I’m not ready for cold weather…it hasn’t been fall long enough…tell winter to go away…

Well…you get the picture…and it isn’t a pretty one…

Bertha…only let me whine long enough to walk to the thermostat and turn on the heat…before she chided me…complaining about anything…even the weather…which I have absolutely no control over…only makes me unhappy…

She reminds me of the Serenity Prayer…change what I can…accept what I can’t…then she takes it a step further…telling me to appreciate…the things that I do like…like this warm, hearty bowl of oatmeal and cherries…the heat that warmed my entire house in a matter of minutes…my favorite sweater…which I get to wear for the first time in months…

And…of course she’s right…I do appreciate all of those things…but…now that I’m…savoring…them…it’s even better…and…I’m not whining anymore…

Jane

If you’re looking for a good book to settle in with on a cool evening… Becoming Bertha…comes to mind…

Stormy Weather…

It’s springtime in the South…and…that usually means…stormy weather…this year is no exception…

The prediction is for rain this morning…but by afternoon…there is the possibility for…hail…floods…tornadoes…straight line winds…you name it…we could get it

Now…I’m not afraid of storms…although I’ve lived through enough of them to have a healthy respect for them…but I find the forecast very unsettling…it’s the not knowing exactly what is going to happen…where it is going to happen…when it is going to happen…that gets to me…when and if it happens…I deal with it appropriately…

Bertha…said…weather is a lot like my life…for any given situation…it is the not knowing that gets me…when and if it happens…I can handle it…

Jane