Know Jack #96

“Sometimes the light’s all shinin’ on me, other times I can barely see. lately, it occurs to me, what a long strange trip it’s been…” that’s what the Grateful Dead said and they’re not far from wrong. The only thing I would add is that there are some days that are like the weather in Oklahoma where you can have all four seasons in one afternoon.

With the right perspective, there really are no bad days. There are days that I’d rather not see again, but, for the most part, days come as mixed blessings. I think it’s important to enjoy the good parts as much as possible and be grateful for them. Meanwhile, we weather the bad and be glad for lessons learned in them.

I’ve been enjoying NaNoWriMo more this year than any other. It’s Day #6 and I’m somewhere just above 14,000 words on the way to 50,000. Yesterday was a very stressful day for me, but not because of the writing challenge it presented. I exceed the daily average needed to finish but had to do so after an accident that totaled my new Jeep.

I wasn’t hurt at all. These old bones took on a few extra aches which are already fading. The challenge in this is to find the good…and there is good that can come of something like this. It’s good to know that it could not stop my writing progress…that probably sounds very strange to some of you. But, when writing is a huge part of your life, it’s good to know an accident in the car can’t stop it.

Looking forward, I’m hoping the gap insurance I bought will allow me to redo a deal I wasn’t thrilled with…again, a good thing. The experience has also given me a chance to reflect on the important things like virtue, character, and the type of person I wish to be. Those things weigh more heavily than any material possession. 

Last, certainly not least, is that this kind of experience lets a person know about one’s friends. I believe, in large part, the kind of people we choose to surround ourselves with are a reflection of who we are. So, if you see faults in your friends…well, you decide what that means. 

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