Tuesday, June 6, 2017

“Don't be afraid of being scared. To be afraid is a sign of common sense. Only complete idiots are not afraid of anything.” ― Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Author

Some days are like that. You know. You need a 'phone a friend' option. I'm not saying this is one of them, but, the thought did cross my mind. However, the journey continues and we look at our coordinates for the day and find them to indicate it's Tuesday, June 6, 2017. It's always good to get a gut check early in the morning to make sure one is alert and ready for the day. Yesterday, I drove into work and when I got to the main gate I leaned out of my truck window to put in the code to activate the gate opener. As I was putting in the code something made a loud rustling sound in the nearest tree right outside my window. I don't know what it was. Maybe a big bird or a sleep deprived squirrel, but, there's one thing that was crystal clear. It got my attention. Big time. I did not want whatever was making that noise inside the cab with me. I had been more or less on autopilot up to that particular moment. Not anymore. I'm not sure the hair was standing up on the back of my neck, but, it certainly was engaged. Now that was a different way to start the day. When I got to the shop office I was still somewhat spooked, it was still pitch dark and the rain had left water puddled up. As I moved to unlock the door I saw my own shadow in the puddle and jumped back. It reminded me of that memorable line from the late Jackie Gleason, "And away we go!"

You think what? I might be getting a little skittish in my advanced age? Could be, but, I've always been somewhat of a scaredy cat when it comes to things fluttering up into my face in the dark. Saying whatever does the fluttering is likely as startled as I don't really do much for me. I think I will let the doctor know it will not be necessary to do any testing on my heart next time we meet. You do know that I am kidding. Mostly. I will tell you, in this particular incident, the embellishment meter is pretty low. I'm sure there was some incident from my childhood that may have contributed to this sensitivity. Some thing or some one. You know. In today's world, we do have to find someone to blame for whatever ails us. I have no recollection of anything, but, that doesn't mean some professional couldn't help me invent something. You do know I'm just kidding about that. And, be sure, I am not poking fun at people who do have issues that need professional attention. I hate it that we always have to put disclaimers in, no matter what our intention. In my case, it's just trying to add a little levity to our day.

As I have told you so many times before, you cannot make this stuff up. And, life, as it is lived out with all of its quirks, is always better than fiction. Especially to those hearing about it. Not always to those experiencing it. One of the things I do enjoy are the notes I receive about how something I talked about in my blog made someone smile or maybe even laugh out loud, not lol. Typically, that's because we all have our foibles and can identify when we hear something that resembles our own experiences. Maybe not the exact situation, but, it rings a bell because we all tend to live with things that happen which produce a similar feeling or outcome. It's the human experience and God gave each of us a built-in entertainment center, that being the ability to laugh at ourselves. There are times when I wish I didn't have as much material to work with, but, I am glad for the smiles that come my way. Enjoy the rest of your day and let's all remember to thank God for all that He has provided to us. Amen. ....More later.

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