Life’s Lessons

ImageThis morning just plain old sucked. My Mom and I had been anticipating this morning for weeks and for the last few days we had been texting back and forth basically back and forth counting down the seconds for this morning to arrive.

We love dishes, it’s just our thing. My mom and I collect antique dishes so when we find cool new thrift shops literally feels like we’re hitting the jackpot. My mom found a new one about 30 minutes outside of town and we just could NOT wait to meticulously thumb through each plate, for hours, with our Starbucks in hand. Maybe it sounds lame, maybe but it sounds like heaven to us.

This morning finally came and we got our coffee and jetted down south as planned. We spent forever in the shop! We filled an entire cart with so many cups and vases that it all felt like a dream. As we were buying our treasures, I felt so complete, as if accumulating more was making me feel more satisfied with my own life.

This is when my otherwise perfect day was totally ruined! When we got back to our car, the passenger seat window had been completely smashed and my MacBook Pro laptop had been stolen! I immediately burst into tears. I felt overwhelmed with a sense of loss. My life was on that computer! Thousands of personal pictures I will never ever get back. Gone. It all felt like too much and I could not help but feel violated. How disheartening to know that a stranger is holding so much of my information? How could someone just take something that is not theirs?

As I began to slow and come to terms with the fact that there is nothing I could do about it, it somehow put things into perspective for me. We can make our lives so frivolous by storing up worth in our possessions. I find so much value and happiness in the clothes in my closet, the growing collection of dishes in my cabinets and even my computer. I have never really slowed down to ask my self how I would feel if I lost all of those things. We do not really realize how much of our happiness is stored in and wrapped up in possessions. Possessions aside, I do have so much to be happy about! Losing my computer blows, like really bad, but it is not the end of the world. It is funny how life works. What is meant for bad usually works out for good. Losing my computer sucked, but I was taught a good life lesson. Aside from the obvious, don’t have your laptop in your car, life is not about materialistic possessions. These things break, wear out, rust, mold, get lost and are even stolen! Life is about so so so much more and losing my silly old laptop today reminded me how blessed I really am!

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8 thoughts on “Life’s Lessons

  1. I’m so sorry to hear about the stolen computer. You are right, of course, about just things, but having pictures stolen is something else. Losing those is like losing part of your life. I’ve learned that from personal experience. Maybe family and friends can help you get copies of some of the pictures. As for the rest, you and your Mom were not injured, and hopefully insurance will help buy a new computer and fix the car. Find peace my friend.

  2. I have an intense love for dishes too! That’s awful about your computer, but you created such a great outlook from it. I would be devastated to loose pictures as well, I just recently backed my computer up onto a flash drive, but nothing is guaranteed foolproof.

  3. DEAR SWEET GREAT GRANDAUGHTER, I’M SO SAD TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR CAR BREAK IN, I WISH WE CAULD KEEP YOU SAVE FROM THE EVIL OUT THERE, BUT YOU AND YOUR MOM ARE OKEY, AND THAT’S WHAT MATTERS. THE LORD WILL USE THIS TO TEACH YOU MANY THINGS, ITS PART OF GROWING. ROMANS 8:28 LOVE AND HUGS. BLACK NANA

  4. I’m so sorry that happened! That is such a bummer. Our cabin has been broken into several times, so I really understand what you mean about feeling violated. You have such a great attitude, though. You’re so right. Things aren’t important in the long run. It is wonderful that you have such a good relationship with your mom that you were excited to spend the day together. Thanks for being such a good example and reminding us of what is really important.

    • It is such a weird feeling to know your stuff is in strangers hands! I cannot imagine a stranger being in my home I would be devastated, I’m so sorry that has happened to you! Thank you also for your encouraging words! 🙂

  5. Wow. Sorry that happened. I would hate for someone to possess my personal stuff that isn’t even of value to them, like pictures. You sound so resilient, which is what I would do. Because you can’t control it anyway. Kudos.

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