Thursday, November 5, 2009

Keep a Tight Rein

     Raised to ‘watch out for snakes’ while growing up, it is hard to not predict the future 24/7. Add to that the fact that I have been feeling a little blue this week since we returned from a road trip, and the connection of the two is clear to me- how about you?

     For those of you who have read my dice throwing musings, hang in there- there is a point.

     Growing up in the country, especially on a South Texas ranch, really did warrant walking with your head down watching for snakes- as my father directed.

      I believe everything he has ever said.  He is a man of too few words to do otherwise.

     This practicality can have a cost- a contraindication if you will.  You begin to think you really do have powers beyond your natural capability.

Examples (some I have shared previously)

*sitting in restaurants with your back to the wall- in case you need to shoot your way out (I do not carry a gun, but I can act like I do.)

*scanning high school classrooms, somehow knowing something is not quite right

*scanning high school classrooms, hallways, bus duty stations planning the best avenue of escape or rescue for your students-

*having instincts so finely tuned from years of being a wife, mother, daughter, friend, and high school English teacher , these instincts begin to sort of short out, re-wired hormonally and emotionally

and the biggest whopper of all-

*being a mind reader

     In my blueness this week, I have taken back just about every worry I can think of from God’s sturdy, perfectly capable hands. What an understatement.

     The solution- in addition to handing them back to You Know Who?

     Why acting on an axiom of my upbringing of course:

Keep a tight rein.”  my father



Theresa said...

Hand those troubles over Sister! He will take care of them for you. Love to you!

Lee said...

very sound wisdom... I have been blue too and a little cranky... I think I am going to blame this huge full moon. Then repent.

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

One of my very dear friend has said this line to me MANY times; "And, God is still in control". I've hung my hat on that more often than I care to admit....although difficult at times, for sure.

Sending you huge hugs,

Deb said...

wow Laura we are a lot a daughter and I were just talking about something similar on Sunday...we always look for our escape plans where ever we go...we are not paranoid..just cautious...we never leave our drinks unattended especially in always listen to peoples stories and decide how much of it you really believe...when someone is too nice...a red flag comes up...really I'm not crazy...just cautious...


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