I Need a Break!
Do you find it “Odd” that forgiveness is plentiful, but getting a break takes an act of God?
Recently, as I was juggling campers, kids, household stuff, paperwork, and car repairs, I wondered if I would be asked to leap tall buildings, too. Facebook friends commented back, ”Yep, in a single bound, wearing heels, dressed in Chico.”
My inbox is filled, my voicemail runneth over, and my Halloween decorations are still waiting to be put away. A window leading into my basement is broken and having it fixed has been a trial of phone calls and no-shows. I have nightmares about the mice marching two by two through the window into the basement wine cellar, carrying bread, cheese and a little tiny cork screw. Does this sound at all like your house?
We deserve a break today. Not the kind where you get away, (we all know what a mammoth task it is to get away) but a hearty, pat-on-the-back kind of break from a friend, a family member, an acquaintance, the carpenter, or just from one human being to another.
This past a week, I arrived for coffee about ten minutes late for an appointment with an acquaintance. I smiled and said, “Sorry, sorry, sorry!” and was greeted with, “Not a problem, I FORGIVE YOU.” I wanted to say, skip forgiveness – how about a break? GIVE ME A BREAK. (Actually, I wanted to add one more word, but my mother reads this blog so you will have to use your imagination.)
We once had a lovely camper who somehow managed to go under our fence and eat our neighbor’s pet bunny that was sunning itself in THEIR yard. The bunny was wearing a leash tied to a garden post – which Joe was quick to point out made it an easy hit. I, on the other hand, asked for forgiveness. Actually, I begged for forgiveness and offered money.
My point? When your pup eats the neighbor’s pet bunny? Forgiveness. When someone is ten minutes late? A break. When someone doesn’t return a phone call or write a thank you note? A break. When a driver moves over into your lane even when you are in a big hurry? A break. When the carpenter does not show up for the third time to fix your basement window, keeping you and the mice waiting with hope?
Forgiveness.Forgiveness may be divine but giving a break is GREAT! Ok, I’m not a poet, but you get my point, right?
Glad you were in my Odd neighborhood. Feel free to drop by any time. Odd Loves Company and odd loves you and you and you!! I would love to hear from you in the comment section of this blog, or on Facebook or Twitter!