Recently, one of our friends called Brien offering to help us in any way that he could. This seems to be a regular occurrence for us and we are so very grateful to all of you for your love and support. Our friend mentioned that he had recently received a speeding ticket, which normally would have annoyed him. However, in thinking about Grace he just had to laugh about his own mishap. In the grand scheme of life, a speeding ticket was actually pretty humorous. I think maybe Grace had reminded him that he has a great life which includes a loving wife, as well as two very beautiful, and healthy, children.
Last weekend, Brien was attempting to replace the faucet in our guest bathroom. He tore out the old one and took everything out from under the sink. Our faucet was very old; probably the original one that was put in back in the eighties and the new one he bought didn’t quite fit the sink. Thus, after several painstaking hours of trying to figure out a way to install the new one, he finally gave up and called the plumber. For Brien, I think this was pretty annoying for him; he’s normally very handy around the house and loves to fix things himself. He gets a great sense of accomplishment from these types of things and also loves that it saves us money. I love that about him, the motivation to do things yourself because you know you can do it right is a great quality to have. I just had to laugh at the sink situation and realize that although we lost use of the sink for a day or two and had to pay more for a plumber, this was really just a little annoyance that we could laugh about. Guess what? Now we have a beautiful new faucet that looks great and actually gives the whole bathroom a really nice “remodeled” sort of look!
So, this week, Grace asks you to laugh with her. When something goes awry or annoys you this week just take a step back. Ask yourself, “Is this something that will profoundly affect my life in the long run?” If your answer is no, then have a good laugh about it, maybe share the experience with a friend, thank your lucky stars for what is great and constant in your life…. then move on. We may never get a chance to hear Grace laugh, but she can hear you laughing every day. She looks forward to hearing about your life’s little annoyances.