Every morning this week, I’ve awakened to the sound of early, bustling life outside my window. If it’s not a snow plow, it’s a garbage truck…and it’s loud because I like sleeping with the window open, snuggled under the duvet but feeling the crisp air in the bedroom. I have to admit, it’s been a little annoying but “It is what it is.” I’ve heard this phrase numerous times in the past few weeks – different contexts and different people – but most often spoken with a healthy resignation about the inevitable irritants of life. Google defines it as a phrase that “seems to simply state the obvious but actually means it will be what it is,” as in ” it ain’t gonna change, so deal with it.”
Life is filled with irritating, life-sucking moments – little thieves that can potentially rob the joy out of our days.
– I’m well into a relaxing shower, I reach for the shampoo and discover that someone in my family has taken it to the downstairs bathroom.
– I go for a glass of milk and someone has left three drops in the container.
– I am determined to carry every purse, box, bottle, loose paper, garbage, binder and grocery item from the car to the house in one trip but realize that I have no hands to unlock the front door when I get there, so I have to put everything down in the snow.
– I go to put a load of laundry in and find that both the washer and dryer are filled with clothes.
– I walk out of the mall and have absolutely no idea where my car is parked.
– I run out of the house, my purse strap catches on the door handle and my entire body is jolted and immobilized.
– I’m driving on a really slushy road, all the cars are splattering mud on the front window of my car and I realize I have no more windshield fluid.
– I finish a grocery shopping, spend $43.28 and come home without the item that I went shopping for in the first place.
– I’ve cleaned the bathroom and less than thirty minutes later, my daughter has dropped powder blush onto the white bathroom rugs.
– I’m working on a document, forgotten to save it and somehow lost it after two hours of focused work.
– I get dressed early morning when it’s dark and arrive at work with my blouse inside out and two different colored shoes.
Get my drift?
These are the moments that I come face-to-face with in my messy world. I wrestle with whether to give power to these little thieves and then hopefully, walk away laughing at myself! My desire is to get through these moments more gracefully but my revenge is to write about them!
Can you share with me some of the thieves that attempt to rob you of the joy in your day?
Song of Solomon 2:15
Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom.