This morning I was thinking of a line that I first heard in a Mary Chapin Carpenter song about twenty some odd years ago. Some days you’re the windshield and some days you’re the bug. As I was having a pretty good day at that point, I was thinking yeah–the windshield. All right. And then it hit me–
wait, is that a good thing?
I mean I know the bug part is bad, but how good is it to have things flying in to you–splat, making a mess that is so hard to clean up?
Not so much, I’m thinking.
Kind of one of those caught between a rock and a hard place situations–bug or windshield.
Ironically enough, that’s kind of how the day turned out. Started off with such promise and ended with me rubbing my head and wondering where the bus is that hit us as it passed on through.
And that’s when it occurred to me that there is some truth in those words. Some days you’re just thankful that the worst that could happen didn’t. That, even though it wasn’t a great day, everyone’s still here. That’s all we’ve got and it’s enough. It has to be. That, even though there are tears, there are also folks around to pass a tissue or give a hug. And listen.
For all these years, I was so sure it was a case of things being either good or bad–windshield or the bug. Turns out, that as is the case with so many things in this life, it’s all varying shades of both and nothing at all ever is all one way or another. Though this may not make sense, that actually gives me hope. It’s okay if things are not happy happy joy joy in every single moment. There are going to be moments that are bad and not quite so much.
That’s real life. And that’s okay.
In another ironic twist of events, a neat organization, sevenly, shared this today. There’s a lot of grace in that. Grace I need.
Love to all.