A Day in the Life

Homeschooling and Medieval Living

Missed the Train

on January 14, 2013

– From the Daily Compass:

There’s nothing quite like the sinking feeling of realizing that the train is leaving the station just as you have arrived, that you have missed what you wanted by mere seconds. In that moment it’s natural to kick yourself for all the ways that you could have done something different to get there just a bit sooner. However, you could just as well turn toward someone near you on the platform and commiserate with them, gaining company as you wait.

How have you recently turned around an unpleasant situation?

My van broke down over the weekend. I had to put it in the shop. At first, I was upset because I will have to miss at least two days of work. But, I have turned my attitude around. I have had the best two days ever. I have watched movies with the family, cleaned on my house, read books, and played in the snow. It has been so wonderful, I wish I could do this all the time. It really does mean a lot when I actually get the spend time with my family. I miss them so much. It has made me realize just how much I miss being home. I hope my husband can find work soon so that I can stay home with my family.

I was also able to attend service with the CLF today. I really enjoyed it. This month’s theme is Salvation. What does salvation mean to us? This almost goes with the above question. I see salvation as a salve for healing.There is a friend of mine. I used to call her all the time. We spoke weekly for hours sometimes. She would save me from my problems and hurts. Now, I rarely hear from her. She is so busy that we talk maybe once a month or every other month. At first, I was very sad and disappointed. I even got angry at her. She never had time for me, it seemed. Then, I realized that she has a family just as I do. She has work and other commitments. So, I looked for someone/something else to help me when I am down. What heals me now is my family, my blog, my music and books. I spoke at length with my daughter and husband about it yesterday. My daughter said that music, books and games were her salvation. My husband said that RPG games were his. Then, I got to thinking about how they differ from me. They choose to find an escape in order to heal. I choose to grasp my problem head on and analyze it. I then write or talk about it until I either find a solution or until the problem doesn’t stress me anymore. I fix it or (if it can’t be fixed) I accept it. I need that catharsis I get through writing/talking. I have a good cry and get it all out. Then, I feel better and I can move on. It really helps.   Wow. “Missing the train” has really been a good thing for me. It has helped me in more ways than one.

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