Everything's Okay: #reverb10 Day 24

Today’s prompt:  What was the best moment that could serve as proof that everything is going to be alright? And how will you incorporate that discovery into the year ahead?

I’ve fallen behind on the reverbs, mainly because I’ve had a lot going on.  If you haven’t seen what happened to my car this week yet, take a look.  I hit a $2600 deer.  It’s okay, though.  Everything is going to be okay.  The car is in the shop.  The insurance papers are filed.  The rental car is sitting in my driveway.  It’s okay.  I don’t suppose there was ever a question that it would all turn out okay.

This prompt reminds me of Patricia of Next Door who kept saying “It will all work out” when we were all stressed out over end-of-the-semester grading piles.  And it did.  It worked out. It’s Christmas, and the grading is behind us for another week or two.

I don’t know that I’ve discovered at any given point that everything was going to be okay, but I have had a stressful year, and there have been times when I needed to remind myself.  Perspective is everything.  I’ve been stressed out over teaching loads.  That’s not the same thing as being stressed out over being in a war zone or being homeless or working in a neonatal intensive care unit.  Only nerves are in danger in my world, not lives.

It’s Christmas eve, and that’s an awfully good time to remember how blessed we are.  I was supposed to be at a family dinner tonight, but I stayed home because I didn’t feel well.  That’s okay.  I’ll feel better in a day or two, and I’ll see my family then.  What matters is that I do have a home and a family and a solid support system for when things go wrong.

Not everyone does.  I think I’ll devote my reflections today to the plights of the less fortunate.  Even though I’m sick and my car is smashed up, I feel okay about myself.  I’d rather spend my time worrying about someone else.

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