evening. Nicholas and I got rescued by some wonderful Moose people - guys taking on the task of putting on Nicholas’ spare tire, while I had a wonderful time reconnecting with someone whose mother-in-law I had buried at White Chapel several years ago while her husband and friends took care of Nicholas. It was not on my calendar to spend Saturday evening in the local Moose Lodge, but it was a real gift. It’s amazing the gifts that emerge out of something negative happening. And opening to the surprise of who along the road the Great Rescuer has ready and available on the path to rescue us. Lesson learned from experience.
Back to today, Monday. I was supposed to travel to Richmond to be with my monthly Peer Group. By the way a “peer group” made up of folks who share similar vocational life environments is especially important in this journey we call living. If you are not part of such a group, find one, or let it find you. Trustworthy friends who carry us along the road – kind of like the Nicholas in one’s life who carries me along and is concerned and there for me as I try to make decisions about where and when to turn, how far I can go on whatever tank of gas (energy) I may have left, who makes noises at me if I am getting too close to dangerous things on the road with me. Well, I’m sure you understand this unusual but timely metaphor. Just because we take some apparently non-living things for granted doesn’t mean we can’t learn things from our relationship with them. I recently considered the startling idea that my car is so much like one’s horse in olden times. Taking good care of either means the difference between stop and go as we understand how important those things are that carry us along as we travel together.
Once again, back to today. Staying home to take care of the Nicholas issue found me available to the following – totally unexpected – things I would have missed otherwise: