Look for the Gift

20 Ways to Change Your Story

8. Look for the Gift

faucetMy kitchen faucet broke.

Ruh Roh.

Hubby was willing and able to replace it, except that he was recovering from a knee and shoulder injury that made it difficult and painful to climb under the sink.

It was the weekend and we couldn’t get a plumber in until Monday. At 6:30am (oh boy!)

Sigh. A whole weekend without my kitchen sink?!

I was working myself up into a real tizzy until somewhere between hauling hot water in a bucket from the bathroom to the kitchen and washing dishes in said bucket, it occurred to me that it’s good to have things break down every now and then. It makes you appreciate the things you take for granted.

This little kitchen breakdown would cause some inconvenience.

I could get all bent out of shape about it, or I could look for the gifts in the situation.

  • Like running water – even if for the moment I had to go into the bathroom to fetch it. (There was a time when folks had to haul water by hand from the nearest creek and then heat it over the woodstove. Hurray for modern conveniences!)
  • gifts-570816_1920Like an automatic dishwasher that does most of the work keeping my dishes cleaned. (It’s only force of habit that keeps me pre-washing my dishes anyway.)
  • Like a handy husband willing to fix things, even though he’s hurt. (He would have done it himself – it was me who talked him out of it.)
  • Like the hardware store right down the street, well-stocked with kitchen faucets.
  • Like having enough money readily available to buy a new faucet and pay for repairs.
  • Like plumbers you can call on the telephone (what an amazing invention!) to schedule repairs.
  • Like waking up early on a Monday morning. (Ugh. Still having some trouble with this one!)
  • Like waking up early on a Monday morning to rain and cooler air in the middle of a very hot summer.
  • Like waking up early on a Monday morning and having time to write this blog and get it posted before it’s time to head to work.
  • Like knowing that by the time I finish writing this, my kitchen will be back to normal and, for a while at least, I will appreciate the convenience of running water all the more.

Here’s to the gifts! I am grateful.


This is the 9th post in a 21-post series sparked by Chapter 9 of Fallen, The Adventures of a Deep Water Leaf, in which Lizard suggests that Alora change her story.
#20WaysIn20Days, #ChangeYourStory, #Fallen

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