"Life's ups and downs provide windows of opportunity to determine your values and goals. Think of using all obstacles as stepping stones to build the life you want"...attributed to Marsha Sinitar.
One year at a Gunnison art festival, Michael bought me a small replica of a hot air balloon to hang in a room. I had been in a series of accidents (none of which were my fault) so my sister gave me a tiny doll who could be contorted in any shape. The balloon w/the doll in its basket now hangs in my bedroom...I love it...the balloon and the collapsible lady.
I was painfully 'bent out of shape' when a lady ran a stop sign (in a tank-like Olds), smacked my little Olds on the passenger's side...knocked me 48' landing me/car between two big trees...broke the axle...my forehead broke the steering wheel...double ouch.
Hey, accidents happen...everyday, everywhere...to anyone! What to do? If possible, pick up the pieces...hopefully put me back together again. Right? Forget goals and that stuff, I hurt 24/7 for a very long time...enter addiction to pain medications...temporary UP...13 year DOWN. Windows of opportunity? Hardly.
I am amazed, I am thankful that God never gave up on me...nor did my family...never! Why didn't God, why didn't they? Simple...they loved me; God must've had a plan and me? I hadn't a clue...okay, I had values again but no goals.
I felt like Humpty-Dumpty who sat on a wall, had a great fall...I was a mess of disjointed mental pieces...oh my, was I ever. Oh well...oh well, what? Would I ever be put back together again???
Fast forward and a window opened; it was clear and bright so when God put down my first stepping stone...I stepped...it was a Wow moment.
I understand His purpose for me...not a doubt. The window of opportunity enables me to encourage others who identify w/my struggles, experiences and hopefully some wisdom accumulated along the way. Or perhaps they know others who need a life...up...up.
I learned the hard way that my so-called perfect life wasn't perfect at all...I forgot what HE said about perfection...and now I get it.
Here's something worth remembering:
"Nobody's perfect. Every one slides here and there, and they have their ups and downs. When they are down, that is not the time to step all over them"...Neil Scham.
"All the King's horses & all the King's men couldn't put Humpty together again"...but God can and does...trust me, I know what I'm writing about.
From my heart...