I woke up this morning to a downpour.
That’s not unusual for this time of year where I live. I had even anticipated it by (unusual for me!) checking weather last night and securing all needful items under cover.
But as I was sitting in the dark, working on blog posts, I heard my beagles begin barking.
Again, not unusual-sometimes they smell or see something hidden from my senses in the dark cloak of early morning.
But then I began to hear random clinking and bumping and finally, scratching on the front door.
So I got up to investigate.
Two of the beagles had escaped their pen and were having a blast in the rain and mud. They ran to greet me, making sure their wet, nasty tails and bodies hit every part of my lower leg so I could carry the aroma of wet dog back inside with me.
Years ago I would have fussed and fumed, gotten dressed and waded through the wet to put them back in their pen-staying outside (even with thunder and lightning!) until I had patched whatever breach they had managed to create in order to escape.
But this morning I just turned on the porch light (to let them know I was here and aware) and went back inside to my coffee and computer. * I’ll venture out when the sun’s up and I can see what I’m doing. It’s just not worth getting worked up over.
I have changed since sending a child ahead to heaven.
Things that used to make me apoplectic don’t even raise my eyebrows anymore.
I’ve developed a whole new set of priorities. They serve as filters and make it easy to decide in an instant if something’s worth my emotional, physical or mental energy.
It’s actually a really short list.
- People I love and care about.
- People I can possibly help in some way.
- People who don’t yet follow Jesus.
Do I love and care for my many critters? Absolutely!
I am a shepherd by heart and by trade.
But things? Nope.
They are meant to be used-meant to be an aid to living not a master of my life.
I made a lovely (insert sarcastic tone here) “pinstripe” down my nearly new truck last September while at my parents’ home. After a brief moment of disbelief and a few expletives, I moved on. It absolutely does not bother me.
Panties in a wad over inconvenient circumstances? Not so much.
Maybe I have to rearrange my plans but that’s so much easier than never being able to make plans with that person again.
I’m finding this new way liberating.
* Full disclosure: After I wrote this, just as the sun was rising I HAD to go out and get those mischievous little buggers. Tail-wagging but carnivorous, they were chasing my poor rooster. So I spent almost an hour trying to wrangle their wet, muddy, stinky fannies back into their pen, block the escape route and pray that they didn’t repeat the maneuver.
BUT I was still smiling.
On a scale of 1-10 it didn’t even register. 🙂
And a fellow farmer friend sent me THIS, which made it even funnier: