I Feel Like I’ve been whining quite a bit lately. I believe in staying in an Attitude Of Gratitude and after whining and crying for most of the day, I spent a lot of time tonight asking God to help my Heartfelt Gratitude and Love of Life return.
It wasn't easy to get there. Among the struggles I'm facing with my life in general, my vacuum cleaner decided to die earlier today. With three animals in the house, that is catastrophic. I would say it sucked, but that was the problem. It no longer would (insert humor). Then, a couple of hours later my washing machine also crashed. It had a full load, water still in the tub, and wouldn't drain. It was making a horrible screeching, grinding sound. I turned it off and contemplated my options.
First off, it turns out my roommate has a brand new vacuum cleaner he has only used a couple of times. It's bigger, better, newer than mine and he gladly dug it out of the back of his closet and has no problem whatsoever letting me use it. Problem solved.
As far as the washing machine? It's an OLD Kenmore from the now defunct Sears and Roebuck Co. I have no idea how old it is, but I called a repairman that had been recommended by a friend of mine. This guy had helped me when I first moved here 2 years ago. It turns out that he was last here on 3/20/2010. (That doesn't matter and doesn't mean anything one way or the other. I just thought it was interesting. LOL.)
What is significant is that he remembered me and was willing to help. He sent a technician to my house within a few hours, and only charged me $49 for the service call - on a Saturday! Some sort of connector fuse or fuse connector or connector that fuses, whatever, to the motor needs to be replaced. He has it in stock from another washer that recently died. Otherwise I'd be out of luck because they don't make the parts for this machine anymore. Wow! Am I blessed or what?!?
Not only that, he is coming out on Monday to replace the part and the whole thing is only going to cost me $119 - Saturday service call included. My roommate is willing to help out with the bill and meet the guy on Monday since I will be at work. It wasn't hard to start feeling pretty darn blessed after all that.
By the way, I should point out that my sister found this washing machine for me through her church's thrift store two years ago. They delivered it for free! The tub on my original one, the new one I brought with me from Austin, somehow suffered a crack during the move that wasn't covered by warranty.
My point is - look at all the wonderful people God puts in our lives. I suspect you have them all around you too. I know I am truly blessed.
Here is one of my favorite quotes. I even have it listed on my Facebook profile. It's by Thomas Keating.
God constantly speaks to us through each other,
as well as from within.
Still, with all of that, I was ending the day feeling less than, and further behind than ever on all the things I need to get done to get where I want to be. I didn't want to go to bed mental and decided to get out of myself for awhile and see what the rest of my family and loved ones were up to. So I made some calls and checked the rest of the good people out on FB.
Lots of good news there, and lots of love. One friend is now engaged, another got her new puppy she's been waiting on for weeks and my wonderful, beautiful, cherished cousin in NC posted the video I've linked for you below. It did the trick for me folks. After watching this, I realize I HAVE NO PROBLEMS and I am going to bed full of good cheer, gratitude and love. I am ready to tacke the day tomorrow and move forward with my life. I can do anything!
God is Amazing and I'm grateful to live in His Grace (not religion!). Enjoy the video.