T- Time ~ Past, Present, and Future
“One day at a time – this is enough. Do not look back and grieve over the past for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present and make it so beautiful it will be worth remembering.” – Unknown
When I sat down to write this blog, I decided to reread some of the ones that I’ve written during the past year. I’ve been pretty amazed at how far my family has come during that time. A year, we were worried about my guys keeping their jobs and then when they lost them, what were we going to do to help them and ourselves. Also during that time, Daisy came to live with us…a little Weimaraner puppy that no one wanted because she had a bad leg. My husband was dealing with an unexpected retirement and me, I sat here trying to be strong for everyone and figuring this whole thing out and then I was hit with the possibility of losing my job. When would it end?
A good friend of mine was constantly telling me that I was “borrowing worry” and that I needed to trust in God’s plan. As I told him, yeah yeah yeah…it’s easier said than done and I was saying it a lot. In about two months, my husband will have been retired for a year. He’s not sure how he worked fulltime and got everything else done before. Isn’t that what all retired people say? Of course, I keep him busy with projects around the house or babysitting Daisy or he’s working down at our son’s house. So far we’ve survived his retirement. Both of my boys have found other jobs and I have to say that I am very proud of them. Neither of them sat around waiting for a job to come to them, they went out and started looking. Craig, the youngest, found a job with a township working for the parks department for the summer plus he still had his custodial job at the church. Now that school has begun, he’s back at the local college and he’s still working the two jobs. The township job will end in November but they’ve already asked him to come back next year. So, so proud of him!
Aaron, the oldest, did a few odd jobs through a temp service and worked doing different things from what he had been doing, trying different jobs. He finally settled on a job as a custodian at a neighboring school district. They privatized their custodians also and he got a job with that company. The pay is half of what he was making but he said that it’s better than bringing in nothing and sitting around thinking about what he used to have. He bought his house and has been settling in. The company that he works for really likes him. They gave him a day custodian job at a little elementary school. They recognized his great work ethics and again, I am so proud of him. My boys have grown into great young men and I just couldn’t be prouder of them!
Our Daisy turned one year old back in July and she has just been such a pleasure to have in our family, of course that’s after we’ve gotten through all the potty training and through the chewing stages. She ended up with three operations on her leg and to watch her run, jump and play out in the field, it’s amazing to see her doing all the things that normal dogs do and you can hardly tell that there was anything wrong with her leg. Plus she weighs in at about 75 lbs and is a bed hog. I wake up with her in my bed more times than I do my husband. He just moves to the spare room when she gets in bed with us. Hahaha! Yes she’s spoiled and my cats still don’t like her. They just tolerate The Beast.
Last weekend, we had gone out to eat and then went shopping at Walmart and I saw something that bothered me. A young man was standing in the parking lot holding a sign with his young child running around the little grassy area. The sign said that he was looking for help to feed his family and that he had lost his home. How does that make you feel when you see people standing beside the road holding these signs? Most of the time, I drive by but every once in a while something tells me not to do that. I’ve been given the opportunity several times to teach my boys about compassion. I’ve had people come up to me and ask for money. I don’t give them money, I usually buy them a meal from a fast food place but this family touched my heart. I gave them a gift card for Walmart, but I also made the request that they spend it on food for their two kids…no alcohol or cigarettes, just food for the kids. Tony and Kris have been playing Garth Brooks new single “People loving People” and I have to say that you must have compassion for people. When I see these people, a little saying usually runs through my mind and it goes like this “but by the grace of God, there go I”. Listen to your heart.
Spread some love today and be kind to those around you. Smile and be happy! Be blessed!