Friday, December 09, 2016

Give life a chance

Today was absolutely beautiful. Not a cloud in the sky, warm sun, and a cool breeze out of the north. Jilda needed some craft paint for the Christmas cards she paints each year, so I sat outside on a bench in the sun while she shopped. Closing my eyes, I was THERE. I heard every sound, smelled the aroma of BBQ from a nearby restaurant, and listen to Christmas music coming from one of the stores.

One of the things I struggle with is BEING HERE. My mind jumps from one thing to the other working on problems BEFORE they are problems. I navigate through scenarios that will never happen. All the while, the leaves are turning, birds are singing, and rewards are offered up if only I wasn't fretting about things that will never come to pass.

Case in point: I'd been troubled the last several weeks. The work I've been doing for the last two year is on a grant through the college from the AARP Foundation. The grant I'd been working under expired the end of November and the college had to reapply.

The college has undergone a leadership change, and I wasn't sure if the Foundation would renew the grant. Until the decision came down, I wasn't sure whether or not I needed to look for another part-time job.

I got an email today from the Foundation as I sat on the bench. It said our grant would continue for two more years.

I felt a little foolish for spending so much time worrying about how I would tell my candidates that I too would be looking for a job and would no longer be able to help them.

Life has a tendency to work out if you give it a chance.





14 comments:

  1. Yay, I am glad to hear the grant was funded for two more years... I also agree with you that we need to just sit and really listen and look at the world around us xox

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  2. Congratulations on your extension--now relax & enjoy the world!!

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  3. Good news. Wasted worry is better than worry that comes to fruition.

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  4. I'm so glad for you that the grant was extended. Take care.

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  5. Most things you worry about, never happen. Im glad your job was extended. Now go enjoy.
    Lisa

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  6. T too have a tendency to cross my bridges before I am even sure there is a river to ford.
    If you find the way to stop this iniquitous habit - let us know.
    Love your photo and am very glad your grant has been extended.

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  7. It's normal to worry..I would have been worrying also but I am so happy for you that you have another 2 years! It is finally getting a little cold here...actually -1C and I am happy about that! Love your picture of the red,red leaf

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  8. Your red leaves make me feel like Christmas. Isn't nice when things work out the way you want them to?

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  9. Over thinking the future - yes that sounds familiar, pre-solving problems that could occur - that too. Thanks for your post today Rick - practicing Being Here would provide a space of peace.
    Joy

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  10. To worry is a human condition that many of us have, me included. I'm glad that your worries are over and the job is renewed for 2 more years. Nice Christmas gift, wouldn't you say.

    Hugs,
    Julia

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  11. I meant to add, your photo is very beautiful.
    Julia

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  12. Worry is a wasted thing. No matter the results, it won't change a thing. Good to know your grant was renewed!

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  13. I think, in general, things work out the way they should.

    Love,
    Janie

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  14. Ok what an awesome photo just have to say that, life should always be given a chance as life is good

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