After that nice blog-cation, Virginia the Blogger went A.W.O.L. the past month for Several Reasons. Yes, it’s summer & that seems like a good reason all by itself, but a Bigger Reason remains: A NEW LAPTOP.
Why (the heck) would a nice new laptop cause any distress? Since this 7 year old laptop (note present tense, ie, the one in use for this blog) is Rather Ancient in Laptop Life expectancy, what Happy Technology Grooves to zip about on a shiny new laptop with all the latest bells & whistles…
But, wait! Those shiny bells & whistles involve WINDOWS 8. grrrrrrrrrrrr. It was quite the accomplishment just figuring out how to turn New Laptop off (altho the on switch is fortunately easy to find)… & then getting around the new ‘start’ screen (with no ‘start button’ … hmmmn) … but figuring out How To Load all the nifty photo programs from the old laptop to the new has Been Delayed.
Several times. (Does Not Help that the hefty ‘how to’ 600 page MicroSoft Windows 8 book continues key role as Door Stop…)
But, here we go… it’s August & time for A.W.O.L. bloggers to get back into the groove (shiny new un-trained laptops or no!) In July this Roses in the Rubble blog turned TWO (!!) woo, woo – Let’s celebrate today with a few recent flower bouquets..
Caught by a Thought of Patti LaBelle‘s in her “Patti’s Pearls” book of wisdom & lessons learned from a full life as famous singer (mother, friend, performer, wife, et all) -
“Every exit is an entrance to someplace else.”
Sometimes our roles in life change – maybe from student to Employed , or singleton to married, full time mother to empty-nester, or sadly married to unmarried … the list goes on. In her book Patti LaBelle describes how her perspective changed vis a viv her painful divorce after many years of marriage: “…I have learned to see the beginning in the ending… that the bend in the road is not the end of the road, as long as you make the turn… I’m not saying that my divorce is easy; it’s not. No end – at least to anything meaningful – ever is. But I’m not having a nervous breakdown over it because I have learned how to look at it. Not as an ending, but as a new beginning. Just as waking is an ending to sleeping.”
wow. let our minds munch on that for awhile (whatever change looms large in the vicinity of our lives at the moment..)
Caught (by another) Patti LaBelle thought:
“You preach a better sermon with your life than you do with your lips.”
Not to embarrass my brother, Dwight, but the sermon of his life these past twelve years bellows love (that Sacrificial Kind) to all who know our situation. He returns from his job serving the community to serving my Papa in many roles: as The Orderly – hoisting him from hospital living room bed to hospital bedroom bed; as The Valet – rub-a-dubbing Papa clean each morning & getting him tucked in at night; & as The Therapist working Papa’s atrophied muscles out with rounds of Physical Therapy exercises… & So Much More.
Dwight’s life = a Very Powerful Sermon!!
One more pearl of wisdom from Patti LaBelle:
“A thousand mistakes are an education if you learn something from every one.”
Our lives are often strewn with the rubble of our mistakes: from missteps (what we’ve sidetracked) & missed opportunities (what we failed to do) to misdeeds (what we’ve done wrong)…
Then there’s Failure (with a capital ‘F’.) We can choose to wither from our mistakes or we can learn from them & GROW (with God’s grace & Lots Of Heavenly Help) & try not to make the Same Mistakes, again…
That hard-won education is like this last white rose, life as we overcome…
Roses in the Rubble!!
grace, peace & inspirational flowers
Virginia : )