My first brilliant thought this morning: Something’s amuck in paradise. No coffee. No newspaper. And the phone rings, bearing wild anxiety from a woman I sponsor.
Mr. Coffee steams like mad to produce a thimbleful of lukewarm coffee. A hike into the colder-than-crap outdoors produces no newspaper. Both are essentials to awaken my bleary brain and allow me to produce speech. So I’m pretty pathetic when my frantic friend calls about her new medical insurance bill.
I tell my friend to hit her knees, then unearth the old percolator from the garage’s camping gear and crack open my morning meditation book, which discusses faith overcoming all adverse conditions.
That’s when my husband enters, bearing a hot latte and the newly arrived newspaper.
My Higher Power’s sense of humor is busy on a chaotic Wednesday morning.
The phone rings again: A service technician wants to postpone today’s scheduled maintenance so he can fix the heaters of those who are without heat on this 21-degree morning. Again I’m reminded that things could always be worse. I could be flat-broke like the woman I sponsor. I could be both broke and frozen too like others whose heaters aren’t working. I could be headed for chemotherapy this afternoon, like my own AA sponsor, or for radiation, like a man my hubby sponsors.
I shouldn’t ever take my first brilliant thoughts seriously. I can be as sour as I want to, or as joyful, because I’m free to start my day over again any time I like. By returning to a position of gratitude, by remembering to be thankful for what I have, I can make my home a better place in which to greet the world.
Today I have no legitimate complaints, as a man used to say in the early AA meetings I sat through 22 years ago. My humorous Higher Power converts even trivial adverse conditions into teaching moments about the value of faith. There’s nothing at all amuck in paradise today.
Scenes of Winter
The catfight wind yowls
churning the shrubbery
scrabbling over fences
staggers even the stoutest trees.
The stalk of a budded lily
arrow dipped in blood
aimed at heaven
quivers in its invisible bow.
The moon’s white opal
glows on blue velvet
rainswept with diamonds
swallowed by clouds.
Inside your love
is a woolly blanket
on a bitter night.
What reasons do you have to be grateful today?
Over at Poetry Jam people are pondering the power of home.