I find fascination with simple lessons.
I alerted my Google Assistant that I was up, and she wished me a good morning. She informed me that it was cooler and that there was rain in the forecast. I figured that the rain prediction was for later in the day.
I put on my running shoes, donned a jacket, and stepped out onto my front porch. It was raining! Back in the house for waterproof duck shoes, a raincoat, and an umbrella. Off I went.
Cold, and raining, I expected to have the streets to myself, but this was not the case. Animals were darting here and there in the pre-dawn, including a skunk with a tail raised just for me. I crossed the street and counted my observational blessings.
As I approached downtown I walked past our public library. A lone car sat in the empty parking lot, its hatchback up, and the radio blaring out a political radio station. Odd.
I continued my walk and saw two middle-aged ladies sitting on a wet park bench having a loud and animated conversation. It was 5:30 AM. Odd.
I moved on to the next block, and it sounded like someone was calling to me. I turned my head to discover a mom talking to her baby, who was in a stroller. She was walking her baby at 5:35 AM! Odd.
I started to cross the street, but I had to jump back as an elderly man wearing full high vis rain gear barrelled past me on his bicycle. He seemed oblivious to my presence. Odd.
I arrived at my Starbucks and was greeted by a barista, who looked up, smiled, and poured my coffee without ever asking for my order. Finally something familiar.
As humans, we try to predict the future. What team will win? What will the stock market do? What will that lab test show?
This morning I predicted that I would have a very quiet walk, but that was not the case. In fact, it was not only much busier but the type of “traffic” was completely different from what I normally observe at this very early hour.
Many logical prognostications turn out to be erroneous guesses. I am great at projecting in the future, and sometimes that leads to unnecessary worry. Dear reader, I assume that you have done the same.
It is good to plan for problems, but that planning should be a sidebar, not the primary focus in our lives. When we live in the worry zone we waste valuable energy that often serves no purpose.
How should we face potential problems? That rule has been long established.
- Accept the things you cannot change.
- Change the things you can.
- Pray to know the difference.
Have a good day, dear reader.