Saturday, May 2, 2009

Patience, Thoughtfulness and a Goosfraba Moment

Driving to the post office this morning before work, I drove past the church that is on my street. There were a lot of cars parked there today I thought....then I remembered.....

Today was the funeral for baby Shane. Shane is the baby I have blogged about recently. Shane lived to be one month and 4 days old. At first, I got the lump in my throat and the tears in my eyes. Then, I remembered how positive his mother has been through this entire situation. Her written obituary that she emailed out just amazed me. She has got to be one of the strongest people I have ever met. She knows that she will be with Shane again and keeps that in her mind. Although there were endless tears, she always sounded strong, knowing that there is a light at the end of this tunnel. She is a very big inspiration to everyone around her.

I have seen many good and bad things throughout my life. I have come to the conclusion that we are meant to go through some trying times and we are meant to have those amazing moments too. It is how we choose to deal with the bad that allows us to either move on or stay stuck in a depression or a rut. This particular situation makes me realize that there are people out there that have such horrible situations going on. And, it makes me thankful for the life that I have. Now I have to ask myself, do I really need to get angry at the guy who chooses not to use his turn signal? Do I really need to get upset if there is no milk in the fridge? Do I have to let the fact that I only got 3 hours of sleep affect my entire day? My answers are "No" to all of that. It isn't worth letting the little things ruin your day when things could be so much worse.

I got to the post office and there were four people ahead of me, two which were sending out about 25 large boxes to Iraq. After about 5 minutes, two of the people in front of me got angry for having to wait and they left. What was going on in my mind is, "Ok, so you may be a little late for your day today...but do you really need to leave huffing and puffing?" The ones that were holding up the line were the ones sending out all of the boxes. I started a conversation with them about Iraq and how awesome I thought it was that they were doing this. The line behind me was about 7 people long. I wondered if the two that used to be in front of me even knew the nice thing that these people were doing...or if they would even care. Then I pictured the line of cars at the church waiting for Shane's funeral. All I could think of is, someone is burying their baby today and you are getting angry for having to stand in a line. What happened to people's patience? Why is EVERYONE in such a hurry? When it was my turn the couple walked out the door thanking everyone for their patience. I seriously do not know if they even knew that the two behind them left in a huff. Why has life gotten so crazy? What makes anyone think that they are more important than everyone else? Are we not supposed to be equal in God's world?

I sent out my stuff and left..still smiling although I was annoyed. Those two ahead of me needed a big GOOSFRABA moment. To me, life is what we make of it. I try to see the good in everything. It is a shame that people ruin their lives rushing everywhere, being angry over stupid things, and being so inconsiderate. Thankfully I do not run into too many people like that or I would be SCREAMING GOOSFRABA not caring what anyone thought. However, someone may have me arrested for being a crazy lady...LOL!

What I am thankful for today:
the movie Anger Management
finding the good in every situation
knowing that I have a good life
the farmers market tomorrow
my overabundance of time
considerate people
giving people
thoughtful people
my PartyLite starter show closing today!
my free PartyLite products
my PartyLite paycheck!
my friends
my family
a good night tonight
Crossroads Pizza
Jenny for going with me to Crossroads after our awesome walk!
Toasted Almonds (I only had one!)
A great day tomorrow!!


  1. (((hugs))) Amy - what a beautiful perspective, thanks for sharing. Sweet little Shane has been in my heart so much these past few weeks. Today is ending with such glorious sunshine, it reminds me of the amazing Home that welcomed Shane & awaits us all. God bless.

  2. Your post reminded me of the song "Give me your eyes" and it is so true. It seems people really don't care about each other and only focus on themselves. There is so much good out there if only we open our eyes and are willing to see it. OK...I'm off my soapbox. Thanks for playing along with us this week! I always enjoy coming to your blog and seeing what you have creating and reading your posts. Thanks and have a great day!!!

  3. This post truly touches my heart!!!! I used to be "one of those" people that got upset at the littlest thing...and went huffing and puffing on my way....but as I have gotten OLDER & have learned...seriously...what's the point? I chose to be at the post office, or the grocery store, or in traffic at that point in my life...sooooooooooo guess what??? If there's a line...or a lot of traffic...then JUST DEAL!!! :):):):):):):) I think it finally hit me when my HOUSE was driven into about 7 years ago...and I realized that life happens and go from there!!! Anywho....I am rambling...just wanted to let U know that I truly enjoy reading your blog....and my prayers will be with Shane's family....and thanks soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo MUCH for playing along with us at STM...I truly LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE your LO! :):):):):):):):):):):):)

  4. What a lovely post. Thanks for sharing your perspective, your gratitudes and your gift.