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Chris and I are recent and proud owners of a motor boat.  Apparently, no man can live on the water without a boat.  I can…but men can’t.

So, Chris started looking for used boats at the end of the boating season last year.  On a cold, November morning, he headed to London, Ontario early in the morning and surprise, surprise….he came home with his baby. It was too cold to try the boat in the water so as emotionally painful as it was for Chris, he succumbed to storage for the winter.

The lake has now thawed so Chris’ thoughts are turning to his boat again.  He took his boating licence a couple of weeks ago and passed.  So, he’s ready to go.  I was initially thinking that I didn’t need to get my licence, since I really don’t have much interest in driving the boat.  However, as time passed, I realized it would be irresponsible not to get my licence, since I too, live by the water.

Last night, Chris and I were watching TV and a commercial came on, advertising the fact that the boat licensing process was about to change.  Chris went on line and discovered I had about 15 minutes to take the old test. “Missed it by THAT much.”

The weekend weather forecast was looking gloomy so this morning,  I decided better now, than later….let’s get this little test done today.

Overnight, this little test went from a measly 36 questions for Chris to a mandatory minimum of three hours study time and a 50 question exam!  It actually took me almost seven hours to go through all the material and when I finally completed all the studying and was ready to tackle the exam, the government website went down and I wasn’t able to continue.  Talk about frustrating!! I was on a roll and life didn’t cooperate.

Life is full of these irritating moments. Once again, it all boils down to attitude, doesn’t it?

Interruptions can be viewed as sources of irritation or opportunities for service, as moments lost or experience gained, as time wasted or horizons widened.  They can annoy us or enrich us, get under our skin or give us a shot in the arm.  Monopolize our minutes or spice our schedules, depending on our attitude toward them. ”

William Arthur Ward, scholar, author, editor, pastor and teacher

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