Sometimes it is difficult to accept that the obstacles in our life are there for a reason and, of course, we always learn something from them.
Our air conditioning unit went out on Thursday the day before the Fourth of July – not a great time to have anything go wrong. There were no technicians available anywhere.
A friend came to the rescue and gave us the name of someone who would come out on Saturday afternoon. The report was: “Your unit is dead, you need a new one.”
I am embarrassed to say I acted like Chicken Little yelling, “The sky is falling, the sky is falling!”
I got in bed and despite the fan, I was miserable. Ray said, “We didn’t have air on the farm and I survived.”
“We would just put a wet cold cloth around our neck and go on.”
I got out of bed, put the cold wet cloth around my neck and I knew this was not going to work.
As I laid there I thought, “These are the ‘Dog Days of Summer,” the sultry period of summer from about July 3 until Aug. 11. Our thermostat was registering 97 degrees.
Then I thought about the people that never have had the comfort of heat or air conditioning. I kept thinking about the men and women in our military, the homeless, the men and women that work outside for a living. I was ashamed of my behavior.
I needed a dose of humility. I needed to be reminded to accept some of these obstacles, to show some patience. I needed to be reminded that seeing my short comings allows me to accept them and keep changing for the better.
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