Did you ever have one of those weeks? I have had a couple of those weeks back to back.
First of all I hit my neighbor’s mailbox. It was the morning of our last Social Media Breakfast and it was a snowy slushy day. I had a letter to put in the mailbox and instead of walking in the snow and slush in my TOMS I had the genius idea of backing my car around the cul de sac and repositioning my car to drive up to our mailbox. Huge fail. Subaru meet mailbox. Sigh. I took it totally off the post but left the post standing. Fortunately the neighbors are the best people in the entire world and very understanding. But it seriously bummed me out.
Fast forward a few days. We were getting ready to leave for our road trip and as I was in the shower I looked down at my ring and yelled to Chris “I LOST A DIAMOND!”. Again. 3 years ago Chris and I got our wedding set redone in honor of our 30th anniversary. We used our original bands and added additional bands and diamonds and I absolutely loved how they turned out. Unfortunately 6 weeks later I had lost one of the smaller diamonds and since Chris’s wasn’t finished yet we had not put them on the insurance rider. Fortunately this time it is and the entire thing will be covered by insurance but still. I was upset. It just was another thing to deal with.
The road trip has been a lot of fun. We have stayed in some fun towns and even though there was not a lot of sightseeing time we managed to fit a few things in between work stops. The other night we were eating dinner and my tongue touched my front teeth and I looked at Chris and said “I think I chipped my tooth.” He looked at it and yes…..I had. It was an old
war injury from my childhood when my brother Chris and I were fighting over a flyswatter. Yes, a flyswatter. He let go and I went flying and knocked a nice old chip out of my front tooth. I have had it repaired numerous times over the years and basically they bond a material to it and even it out.
I was a little down. I won’t lie. I didn’t cry but I darn well felt like it. Just one more thing to try to figure out how to get fixed in a very crowded schedule.
Then I came to my senses and turned it around.
- The neighbor graciously fixed his mailbox without me having to do a thing other than take him a plate of cookies.
- The ring is covered by insurance and this time I can get a beefier mount so that the diamonds are more protected from my apparent rough lifestyle.
- I got an early birthday present of a really cute little band to wear while my ring gets fixed which will be my “working” band and one I can wear if I don’t want to wear my fancier ring.
- I got material for an upcoming blog post by visiting a pawn shop for my new band.
- My tooth can and will be fixed. My outward appearance has absolutely nothing to do with who I am and what I represent. I have dental insurance which many people don’t have. I have an absolutely wonderful dentist whom I trust and know will do a wonderful job.
- I managed to get appointments made for both the ring replacement and the tooth repair on Tuesday morning on my one day that I will be home.
- I got to spend Easter with my mom and my husband and my boys and I can’t imagine anything being much better than that.
So all in all my horrible no good bad week wasn’t all that horrible. I have turned the negatives into positives and am grateful for the chance to just accept that life does not always go according to MY plan. I don’t have to be in charge and in control of everything and I learned a lesson…again. There is nothing so horrible that I can’t see past it.
God has me in His care. I am always more aware of that when I just simply take the time to acknowledge that. Maybe, just maybe, all of these little incidents were pointing out to me that my life is blessed in every way even when irritating things like this happen.
Do you ever feel like just throwing up your hands and giving up? How do you react and what do you do to overcome the obstacles of life? Please leave a comment and remember that all Comments for a Cause this month go to help support Mercy Foundation Birth Center.
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First of all..HUGS! Sounds like you know just how to turn things around!! All you can do sometimes, is maybe, cry, then laugh…..and look at the bright side….I always have to….glad to be a glass half full kind of person! I would shudder to think how it would be if I wasn’t!
Thanks, Joy! It’s all good but you know sometimes you just have to sit down and write it out and figure out that it is all going to be okay, right? Thanks for stopping by!
Absolutely! i have to many times!
I love how you changed your perspective. My ring has reinforced “bumpers” around the diamonds. Myles had that done before we were married. You’d think he knew me or something 😉
Obviously I need mega bumpers. 🙂
This is one of the things I love about you, Beth Ann. Your ability to see the positive. Your compassion and empathy and encouragement have meant the world to me.
I am so glad you had Easter with your guys and your Mom. What a gift.
Thanks, Audrey. It is all going to be fine. Especially after Tuesday morning is done and all the appointments are over. Then I can move on a bit again. Still smiling, chipped tooth and all. 🙂
All is well, that ends well. Indeed. As to the mailbox incident.. A little postal humor is called for. Your mail started off as “airmail” when you hit the box and ended up as “surface mail” when it landed. lol. Happy Easter to you and your family Beth Ann.
I love the postal humor, Jake. Perfect. It helped to put that little misadventure into perspective. Hope you and your family had a blessed Easter as well. Ours was pretty perfect.
It is not easy when things go wrong and it is especiialy bad when you are so very busy. I enjoyed seeing the Chiles family. Thanks for coming and many thanks for all you did for me. I hope the tooth and the diamond will be fixed soon.
It was so great to see you and to spend some time with you. The boys were very happy to be able to see you and catch up a bit. It has been way too long. We will try to get them back to Ohio in the near future! Love you!
Way to turn things around this week, Beth Ann. It can be difficult to look on the bright side when you have a string of bad days, but it’s can reshape your perspective. Thanks for the reminder!
I’m glad you got those appointments this week! At least you can knock it all out Tuesday. Curious about your pawn shop story.
GREAT outlook!! I have a wedding band with the diamonds set into the band so I would snag or knock one off …. I have still managed to lose one…..and never have replaced it. :O I don’t feel any less married!
Great way to turn things around. Sorry however it was a tough week or few weeks even. I try to find five things I’m grateful for when I first get up in the morning and 5 more just before I go to sleep at night. That and I pray like crazy. I talk God’s ear off.
First have your jeweler check your diamonds twice a year. My Mom taught me this trick and the jeweler often needs to tighten the prongs. The added benefit is they will often throw in a cleaning.
How does that saying go – into every life a little rain must fall. Sounds like you were hit with a thunderstorm but when it was over you were greeted with a rainbow. When I am going through hell I just keeping moving or sometimes I take a nap. It depends. ♥
Good job turning things around… Weeks like this are so frustrating. I let things like this get to me initially (like when I got a blow out 4 days after picking up my new car a few weeks back) but then as time moves on and my emotions fade, I laugh at them and am thankful nothing worse happened…
Even worse – have you ever had one of those decades?
Oye – I’ve had one of those YEARS so far in 2015. A plumbing disaster just after Christmas to the tune of $600. A major repair to our one vehicle to the tune of $800. then my MIL had a stroke, then my father had hip surgery and that in turn caused him to have a stroke! Like… whoa life!! slow down.
But you know: we were able to use my MIL’s car because she was in the hospital for 3 months, while we saved the money to fix ours. Then surprise — an old salary revision in my former job that required my pay to be adjusted from my employment period, netted me just enough money to cover the plumbing!! And MIL and father both have excellent health coverage, and thank to your health care system in Canada; great medical care and are both back home and doing well. So yes, we all were actually in His hands the whole time. 🙂
Some weeks are like that–they just go on and on and on. Glad you regained your perspective and didn’t let it get you down.
Hard to get me down although that week had me a bit blue for a bit!
Sorry you had such a bad week, I’m glad you were able to turn things around.
You know what? You HAVE to be able to, right?
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