37 HUGS, 3 children, 26 adults (1 husband, 13 church friends, 3 neighborhood friends, 9 friends at book club)
I know, I know. My numbers don’t add up. Well, as long as it is not my immediate family, I count every hug that I receive. Sometimes I get 2 or if I am lucky, 3 from the same person. Well, this happened a LOT today. I really loved today.
Don’t get me wrong. Today wasn’t without its challenges. As a matter of fact I have noticed a lot of challenges being thrown my way lately. One in particular has been the fact that I kept getting stuck behind super slow cars. Patience is something I have worked on this year and I had been doing really well until recently. So, being behind these cars that are going slower than the speed limit has been incredibly frustrating. I recognize that being behind them has been a huge reminder to slow down. Each time it would happen I would take a deep breath and think, “ok, lesson learned.” Then the next day there would be another car. Then another. Then another. I swear they were getting slower and slower each time. Finally, this morning I was behind a truck on my way to church going 20 mph in a 45 mph zone. And, there was nothing wrong with his truck. Ugh.
I know that there is an opportunity in every challenge and my frustrations certainly wouldn’t have changed the speed of the truck. I did have the option though to change the way I viewed the situation and put a positive spin on it. My inner dialogue went like this…
“I am grateful for this reminder to slow down.” Through an incredibly clenched jaw and gritted teeth.
“I am grateful for this opportunity to practice patience.” As I seriously contemplated laying on the horn or running this guy off the road.
“I am grateful for this opportunity to grow.” Finally not feeling the urge to scream at the top of my lungs.
“No matter how slow he goes, I am not going to be late for church.” Huge breath.
“I am grateful for this reminder to slow down.” This time I really meant it. I felt much better.
I find it interesting and not too coincidental that when I am struggling with growth in one area of my life, the challenges that I experience directly correlate to that particular growth. It’s like homework for the soul. Sometimes it’s a breeze, other times I have to study hard but the outcome is always an advancement toward the person that I want to become.
Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.