Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Recalling The Good

This week has been challenging for me.  I have been struggling with major sinus issues, headaches and an increase of symptoms for about a week. So not okay.

Last Friday my laptop stopped connecting to the Internet. Several days, three hours on the phone with support people and a technician here in our city,  and we are good to go.  The only fun part of talking with online technicians that 100% of the time speak English as a second language was today, when I asked where the guy named "Eugene" was from and he told me The  Philippines.  I commented that we had lived there for two years long ago, and we had a short conversation on the beauty of the country. I used to get frustrated with those who spoke unusual English as they tried to help this granny warrior, until I realized that I must sound strange to them with my Minnesota accent.  When they talk computer talk I do not understand no matter how well they speak English!  It is all gobbly-gook to me, although I am getting better at IP numbers, serial codes, modem speak and the like!  Ha!

So between the increase of symptoms and the decrease of Internet time, I have been pretty darn crabby, frustrated, and scared.  The scared part is only connected to the symptoms.  The crabby part is from lack of connection with the online world. 

Don't get me wrong, I am very aware of how blessed we are...Joel has a computer I can use if necessary and I have an iPad and Smart Phone.  Okay, now I feel like I should apologize for having too many toys!  Bottom line, it is difficult to type long emails or posts on the phone or iPad due to my eyes needing rest right now.  I have missed my laptop.  Yep, spoiled.

Then I remembered it was September 11th.  The anniversary of 9-11.  We can all recall that day, the planes, the death and devastation, the loss of security for America.  But just like the good and bad of having so many devices and just like the good and bad of my healing journey, there is good and bad on September 11.  You see, our oldest grandson was born this day 15 years ago.  He is a great young man, kind, funny, caring, and just plain awesome.  Okay, I may be a bit prejudice, but we are grandparents after all!

Grandson Evan with his sister Abbi

At this moment I am remembering the heroes of the September 11th attacks.  I am recalling the birth of our first grandchild.  I am remembering where my health used to be and where it is now, and I am remembering again our two years in The Philippines thanks to a young man named Eugene who crossed the ocean via satellite and came into my home to help out.

Our life becomes what we focus on and today I am focusing on the good.  I am blessed.


NanaNor's said...

Dear Renee, I so understand how frustrating computer issues can be and how difficult it is to understand those with an accent. I'm thankful that you got yours all settled though. How wonderful that you had such a blessing on such a day in American History. What a handsome grandson.
I also understand the connection to our online community-I often depend on it for fellowship.
Sending hugs and blessings your way.

Sharon said...

Renee, Happy Birthday to your grandson! Yes, that is a blessing to celebrate on this day - even as we remember our country.

Sorry you're not feeling better. Hopefully, you will be mended (just like your laptop was!!) soon.

And I loved this: "Our life becomes what we focus on and today I am focusing on the good."

Yes, our attitude is based on what we CHOOSE to focus on. Focusing on the good will help keep us focused on the Lord.


Renee said...

Hi Noreen....glad you came by. I so enjoy your posts about your life and your little Hunter! Hope you are having a good week.

Renee said...

Hi Sharon
That choosing to focus can be sooooo hard. Ugh....but so necessary.