Mustering Gratitude…

My eyes are itching…my eyes are burning…my eyes are miserable…and they have been for a couple of weeks now…I thought they were getting better over the weekend…but…they did a major backslide on Monday morning…

I’ve whined…I’ve complained…I’ve gone without makeup…I’ve taken allergy medicine…and…even though I was certain that it wasn’t…I’ve used pink eye medicine…

And still…I have…red…puffy…swollen eyes…

Just as I was about to go into major whine mode this morning…Bertha…reminded me of Corrie ten Boom…and a lesson I learned from reading her book…The Hiding Place…years ago…and that is…to…give thanks for the fleas

See…Corrie and Betsie were Christians in a concentration camp during WWI…their barracks was plagued with fleas…unmerciful fleas…but one day…Betsie realized that they were to give thanks for all things…even fleas…and as crazy as it seemed…they did…

After her release…Corrie discovered that the guards hated the fleas just as much as they did…and that because of that…they were left alone to a greater extent than others…and had been able to keep a hidden Bible…which had brought them much comfort…during their horrific stay…

So…I’m attempting to muster up some gratitude…for my eyes…for the fact that my body is alerting me that there is something in my environment that isn’t in my best interest…that it is doing its best to take care of the situation…the way that it was designed to do…

Of course…Bertha…says…it’s the same thing for my life…the things that really annoy me…are often the things that I am grateful for in retrospect…so…why not just be grateful for them now…

Hmmm…that’s a lot of mustering up for this early in the morning…it may take all day…and then some…

Jane

People Who Need Annoying People…

Okay…I admit it…some people annoy me…I hate to say it…but…it’s true…and…some people…well…they go way beyond annoyance…all the way to ticking me off…they aggravate me…seemingly delight…in…putting flies in my ointment…getting under my skin…and…tap dancing on my last nerve…

Thankfully…there are very few of those people…and…in all honesty…I haven’t been involved with any of them for a while now…at least not the…really…annoying ones…

I’m not even exactly sure what made me think about it this morning…I was checking email and listening to the radio…so…something sparked my attention…

Regardless…my first response was to whine…why do I have to deal with that kind of people…why can’t my life just be…smooth sailing…only interacting with people who adore me…being fully supported…wherever I go…

When…Bertha’s…eyes stopped rolling like a roulette wheel…she asked me if I remembered the TV show…Bewitched…well of course I did…but what did that have to do with the price of eggs in China…

Further probing…on her part…what did I enjoy most about the show…

Tops on the list…was…Gladys Kravitz…there was just something about…the way she…snooped…meddled…connived…and…just all around made a nuisance of herself…that made the show…funnier…for me…I mean really…how entertaining would the show have been without her…

She went on to talk about…Indiana Jones…how exciting would the movies have been…without an antagonist…or three or four…just some men…digging around in the dirt…

I had to agree…not very…

She finally stopped giving examples…before my eyes started doing the roulette wheel thing…but…her point had been made…

As much as I hate to admit it…those people…have a place in my life…they are almost like fertilizer…they help me grow…sometimes in directions that I hadn’t even thought about before…they help me be clever…thinking of all the things…I wished I’d said…and…just help me be a more well-rounded…person…

I wish…they just weren’t…so…annoying…in the process…geez…

Jane