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Random Five Friday – Lessons

It’s Friday. It’s Random. Let’s go!

1. I’m off work today for the 4th time this month. One word?  Ahh.  That extra day smushed up to the weekend has allowed me time to breathe, relax and lean in.   One extra day and I’m rested and smiling more.  Lesson learned?  Listening to yourself is as important as listening to everyone else. Maybe more.

2.  Back in March, a conversation with a customer began by her shouting at me.  Since then, I’ve worked with multiple teams to fulfill her request (to get my company’s services at her new home) and we spoke often as I kept her updated on the construction progress. This week she got the news she’d waited to hear – a day later I received a “thank you” card in the mail. From her. The shouter.  Lesson reinforced?  Treat others the way you want to be treated and things usually work out in the end.

3. Four years ago I was in another job and working hard on a corporate project. The project lead joined us for dinner one night and I took the opportunity to get to know her better.  She is a woman my (male) boss had dismissed and labeled as cold. I found the opposite to be true.  Three years ago she became the Department head; two years ago I made it to the fourth of four interviews for the position I hold today. My interviewer?  That gal.  Tough, smart and thorough, she didn’t loft any softballs, but I still nailed it.  Lesson there?  Competence is great but when you invite people in that’s where the bridges are built.

4. Hubbs is off today, too.  Like me, he’s putzing around, not paying attention to his  smart phone, sipping coffee and enjoying a lack of schedule. He has a few errands to do, as do I, but later,  we’ll step out for dinner.   We’ll laugh, we’ll listen, and we’ll enjoy our time together.  Lesson:  Make time for romance and romance will make time for you.

5. Five years ago today our own Royal princess was born!  She’ll be with her Daddy and brother tonight and tomorrow a bunch of us will gather for cake and presents and bowling.  She’s an impish, lovable and smart little one and we’re so glad she’s ours.   Lesson:  Don’t blink.

 

What’s your Friday have in store?

 

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Categories: Attitude, Confidence at any age, Faith, Family, Friendship, Growth, Home, Life, Life Lessons, Love, Men, Personal, Relationships, Thoughts, Uncategorized, Women, Work | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

Random Five Friday – June

It’s Friday! (whoo hoo) It’s Random!  Let’s go!

friday cat

1.  Tuesday I waited around all day for an appointment that got pushed back four times. By the time the two young men arrived to work on the pool, I had conceded the day.  They were overbooked, stressed yet polite, apologizing over and over and  I just didn’t have it in me to pile a layer of anger onto their day.   Hanging around, being at home yet attentive to work, made me feel a bit like this turtle.

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2. Later that night I attended our grandson’s baseball game.  I’ve been sick and so this was the first game we were able to get to — chatting with some of the moms, I could sense they were trying to figure out who I belonged to. I pointed to the tall fellow in the bullpen and said, “Well that’s my boy.”  I saw the confusion when they realized none of the wee ones on the team were mine but I was claiming the man.  Then I explained that #2 at bat was our Grandson  — ahh — funny — and a reminder that even though he’s grown, oldest one remains a boy in a Mother’s heart.

Oldest boy herding the cats at baseball

What the Father did, the son does:  oldest boy herding the cats at baseball.  An Emjayandthem(C) photo

3. Weather.   A cool front came through Monday and we’ve had the most luscious weather possible — mild, sunny, and low humidity.  Days like these feel like a reward for the endurance test of this past winter.

Amen! google images

Amen! google images

4. The Belmont Stakes race is tomorrow and a group of us are planning to watch it together.  Reading the Racing Form takes me back to my childhood, being at the track with my parents, and feeling the excitement and the grandeur of it all.  Hoping California Chrome can pull a Triple Crown win — but even if he doesn’t — what a story!

Hello ladies! Aren't I something?  Source: www.dailyrepublic.com

Hello ladies! Aren’t I something?
Source: http://www.dailyrepublic.com

5.  In a world of e-invites and virtual everything, I really love getting a hand-written thank you card.  First of all, it’s polite and second, it’s timeless.  When someone acknowledges a gesture of mine, it makes me want to repeat the gesture all over again! And I always say a silent prayer of thanks to the Mom who taught the importance of doing so.

What’s your random 5 for today?  Are you watching horse racing tomorrow?

 

 

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How to pray for someone you can’t stand

I’ve been working on this post for a while now. Twice I’ve written it and twice it’s disappeared.  I suppose it wasn’t ready for prime time just yet.

I know the title is a grabber, but I haven’t been able to wordsmith it any softer than that.

I cringe at the title and I’m the one who wrote it!

But yesterday I found myself thinking {again} about someone I can’t stand to be around. To know. To have any association with.

I have tried. For years. To no avail.

What is it, you ask?  Well, it’s a mix of many things and there’s a list as long as my arm.

At first, I thought things would be better off if I just prayed for them. I thought it would help me if I asked for mercies on their behalf. I thought and I thought and I thought … wrong.

Turns out, whenever I tried to pray for them, I just got madder.

Ornery. Downright unreasonable.

Why?

My heart wasn’t in it.  My heart just couldn’t get past the betrayals, the hurts, and that list … as long as my arm.

So, in desperation, I tried something new: I prayed that He might change them.

You can guess how that turned out.

Finally, I started to wonder if this person might be in my path for a reason.  And apparently I am supposed to learn something from them even if, for the life of me,  I don’t know what that is!

which one is it?

which one is it?

And then, after another restless night’s sleep, came clarity:  Trust in Me.

Huh, who’d have thought that the one needing prayer the most .. was the one saying them!

When Peter asked Jesus how many times we must forgive someone who has sinned against us, he was thinking that maybe seven times was enough. Jesus answered him, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times” (Matt. 18:22).

Tell me, how do you cope with hurtful people in your life?

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