Mountains and Valleys

“What goes up must come down,” documented from 1826, this phrase remains just as relevant today.

While the accepted meaning of this phrase relates to gravity, it can also ring true of a sugar high (Daddy Day Care?) or emotions. Let’s just say I’m way past the “up” side.

If you look back on this journey you will read time and again that nothing “feels real” until I tell Arch. My first adventure this last weekend? I don’t have the opportunity to share/process this with my other half so I feel…stuck. If I wouldn’t have done the adventure, I wouldn’t currently be in this predicament, but I’m here…right where I need to be…even though I don’t want to be.

So this morning was an,”I absolutely do NOT want to get out of bed,” morning. Those are rare for me, but this time there was super glue between the sheets and I had to fight to get out. 40 minutes later…I emerged victorious, but still tired and not a happy camper to be “free.”

The fury kids needed to go out so, feeling like a stone: heavy, lifeless, and cold, I shimmied my way to their kennel to let them out. They were happy as always. Hmph. What to do next. Lets get the coffee going. Why? I don’t think even coffee can fix “this.” Grief Share echoes through my head,”do the next right thing, do the next right thing, do the next right thing.” I’m out of bed, aren’t I? Ok, ok, coffee… .

Shower? Time with God? Shower…..? Time with God…? S..h..o..w..e..r….? Time with God it is. I don’t like being in a funk and I don’t know how to get out. Wise counsel is definitely my best option. 6:20 am is a bit early to call for a lifeline.

What happens to be the tittle? “What to Do When Life Stinks”. Ok, so I think it’s safe to say I made the right choice. To paraphrase the content: I needed to get my praise on. In other words, you can’t be “down” if you are concentrating on being grateful. Easier said than done but I needed the kick in the pants.

So, I got through the morning and to work on time. Today was “Refresh.” If you do not remember me about talking about Refresh, it happens once a month, on a Tuesday morning. The owners pay us to all go into the break room, either play games together, or watch a video about something to better our lives. They also feed us amazing food and allow us time to chat with our coworkers before heading back to our stations.

My heavenly Dad has a weird sense of humor. Today our bosses decided to shake it up a bit. They shared that they have noticed quite a few people give out compliments, but tend to not see their own accomplishments. Some of us magnify every mistake we make and downplay our achievements. They asked for a raise of hands: too many to count.

Today’s Refresh consisted of us telling one thing we have conquered and then give a compliment to someone else in the room. The second part was easy, but ooooh…not a good day to ask. My face started leaking just thinking about it. All but two employees (new in the last week) have walked beside Taylor and me this entire journey. When it came to me, eyes spilling over, “I got out of bed this morning.” Everyone was happy for me. They know.

Giving a complement was awesome–that’s my most favorite thing to do at Heartfelt. Fellow employees shared, when it came to be their turn, that one of their most favorite things about working there is the encouraging atmosphere and the ability to make mistakes and be forgiven. I agree.

Ahhh…I made it through another day. Next adventure, hopefully, the bottom won’t be quite so deep on the other side of the mountain.

Until tomorrow: Blessings.

Author: Tracy Cook

Widowed one week before our 27th wedding anniversary, Heavenly Dad continues to carry me, now blessing me with a second chance for love.

3 thoughts on “Mountains and Valleys”

  1. Sis I learned a hard lesson from my Dad. He always told us to pray until we were through,not finished but through to God. Something I have always took to heart.

  2. “‘“The Lord bless you
    and keep you;
    the Lord make his face shine on you
    and be gracious to you;
    the Lord turn his face toward you
    and give you peace.”’
    -Numbers 6:24-26, NIV

    Jehovah Shalom, Lord of Peace, I humbly pray for the blessings of grace and peace to overflow in Tracy and Taylor’s lives, both today and every day, according to your infinite power and love, Jehovah Jireh, O Lord our Provider.
    According to your will; in Jesus’ holy name,
    Amen (“so shall it be”).

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