From The Storyteller
Hello All: We all experience life and the unexpected is often the norm. Our move to Kansas is a good example. Enjoy, Doug.
“Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get” is a quote from the movie Forest Gump. Elaine and I are doing our morning walk. It’s mid-June, and mother nature, rain and sun have combined to fill our daily route with green and flowering everywhere. I’m not talking neat, well-trimmed, lawns and pruned trees. I’m talking full blown nature, and the word “messy” comes to mind. Beautiful, but definitely messy.
Which naturally expanded to be a reflection on how messy life can be, because we don’t know what’s in that chocolate we’re about to bite into. Our recent move to Kansas from Texas is a great example of how my life’s, well thought out plans can include a healthy dose of messy.
On March 13 the movers loaded our “stuff” into their truck, and we drove out of Lubbock headed for Lawrence. During that 10-hour drive, the President announced the C-19 lockdown, and while we (and our stuff) did make it to Kansas, life did not play out as expected. Daily life turned grocery shopping into a masked adventure, with literally all business transacted at “safe” distances, and meeting our new neighbors difficult.
Instead of the anticipated time with children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, Elaine and I camped out at home, while she finished her final school year as a teacher over the internet. Which has caused me to reflect upon the many times unexpected (messy) challenges have happened in my life. Observation: On those occasions, when I bit into the chocolate and got a surprise, I was presented with the opportunities that helped me to grow the most.
An easy life may be a great goal, but if I’m going to grow, it needs to be a little messy too.
Moral: Life is like a box of chocolates…