On a Tuesday night a few years ago I arrived at choir practice to discover that our conductor had been unexpectedly called away. An interim director had arrived in his place. I had never met him before but it was obvious that other choir members already knew him when I heard them greet him by name and ask him how he was.
He smiled and said, “Living the dream!”
What struck me more than his answer, was the sincerity of his answer. His life was no better or worse than mine. But his perspective was from a positive place.
Since then I have tried out that phrase myself a few times. Most recently at the bank, where the teller carelessly threw out the accepted greeting:
“Hello. How are you today?”
“Living the dream,” I replied.
He did a double take and I smiled.
I thought about that phrase again today as I drove home.
It has become habit for me, as I turn into the cul-de-sac where we live, to push a button in my car’s visor. The button that makes our garage door GO UP!
Wonder of wonders!
I don’t have to get out of my car in -35 degree weather, as I did 9+ years ago, to wrench open the garage door by hand.
Last week I had the most wonderful sleep I’ve had in months. When I tried to figure out what I had done differently the day before that might have caused such peaceful rest, I realized that the one and only thing I had done differently was to spend 20 minutes shoveling snow!
I live in a warm house where there are NO BUGS in winter!! No giant spiders crawling up my walls, or dangerous snakes slithering through my yard. And all the annoying flies & mosquitos have disappeared.
Thank God for snow to shovel, sweet sleep in cozy bed, warm house, no bugs. Thank God for crisp air to breathe, and snowflakes that I can HEAR hitting my jacket one by one.
And thank God for garage door openers!
I am living the dream.
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