Yet a few more reasons to be grateful…
Some of you who read Diane’s post know about our stove catching on fire.
The default response is, “Oh my God! What a terrible thing! I’m so glad no one got hurt!”
Well, so am I, especially since it was my family and my house.
But it goes beyond that. Way beyond.
Everything on planet Earth breaks down eventually. Lawn mowers, underwear, stoves.
It’s the mark of a thing well used and well enjoyed that it eventually breaks down.
And the stuff that breaks down prematurely…well that’s the mark of something poorly thought out, or poorly executed.
That doesn’t make it bad…or us bad, for that matter.
The stove was 13 years old. It provided some really good roasts, some soul satisfying vegetable dishes, and one particularly outrageous dish of tilapia, mango and edamame that still gets talked about years later.
It put out thousands of chocolate chip cookies our daughters learned how to bake. It churned out soups that were ready for me after shoveling snow off the driveway.
It was a good friend, and part of me is kind of glad it went out in a blaze of glory, without causing any damage.
It made me grateful for a fast thinking wife, and fire extinguishers under the kitchen sink.
Also made me glad for a responsive and professional fire department.
What if it had gone the other way? What if it had caused damage or hurt someone?
Well, I’m not going there. No need to.
But I promise you I would have found something to be grateful for and build on.
What’s the alternative?
Meanwhile I’ve already sharpened my grilling skills. Last night’s chicken came out perfect, if I do say so myself.
Tonight’s cold cuts and fresh fruit…the perfect family treat. I already marked my container of raspberries. Eat your own, Sarah!
And we get to appreciate having the financial abundance to pick up a new stove without missing a beat.
Wasn’t always that way. It is now.
Martha Gesegnet said it well earlier in the day with her quote from John C. Maxwell:
“Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.”
Ain’t that the truth!
Learn to enjoy the moments…each and every one of them.
Even the seemingly bad ones.
It’s a skill…you can overcome the habit of saying, “This is a very bad thing.”
You can replace it with, “Thank you for my resourcefulness, my sense of humor and the chance to do it better next time.”
It lays the foundation for a life of blessings.
Some in disguise.
Some exactly the way we’d like them.
Your Grillin’ Pal,
Do yourself a favor…make sure you have an all purpose fire extinguisher in your kitchen, and you – and the rest of your family – know how to use it.