Thanks, Lizzi-across-the-pond, for your inspiration to search out the silver linings in the cloudy parts of life.
My health has been cloudy with a chance of meatballs for a couple of months. Since I have already
whined posted about my summer (“Miss Fun“), it’s time to find some positives. First, the antibiotics I took were effective. Considering that I’m down to one broad spectrum antibiotic, that is SUPER good news. Otherwise, I’d be looking at kidney failure instead of a computer. I saw my dearest widower more than usual during the day (#2), had a airfare-and-baggage-free vacation on the couch (#3), and loaded myself with delicious cups of antioxidant tea (#4). Having felt so wretched meant that when our nephew and fiancee visited us, I was ready to try a new diet (#5). I just finished a week of the Zone Diet and learned that I like kale and collard greens. Who knew? I’ve eaten more vegetables in the past week than in my entire life. I’m hoping that eating several pounds of vegetables a day will be a life-changing experience in some way (#6). Yeah, #6 is almost silver….
I am loving teaching more than ever. I have the BEST students and families, hands down (#7). I’m in awe of how hard these kiddos work, no matter how they feel, the effort required, or the long haul in front of them. Is it selfish to say that teaching is pure joy? I was made to teach, which gives me incredible satisfaction.
I’m swimming again, after months away from the pool (#8). I was also made to swim. How wonderful is that? If I can keep my competitive eyes off other swimmers, I love to pray as I swim. My first thoughts are “Thank you, thank you, thank you!” as I flow through the water. Slowly. Looking for someone to race.
My dearest teaching widower and I just hosted our first small group of the semester. Dinner and movies with funny and lovable folks (#9). First we had to clean the house, though. What do other people do with paper clutter? I stuffed ours in a bag on the washer, if you need a tip. We also have trip wires for anyone who ventures upstairs, which is where everything else gets tossed before the guests arrive. Another free tip, folks.
I love the plans that God has made for me, knowing I am never alone in any storm (#10). I am loved! Woohoo!