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And the Walls Came a Tumblin' Down...

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Well, not quite, but the large painting hanging over our fireplace did. Not sure why, but one of the nails holding the wire that goes over the screws in the wall to hang the picture lost its grip in the back of the painting...weird. On its way tumbling to the hearth, it took out almost everything on the mantle. Many of those fall decorations that I was so excited about putting up just a couple of days ago...boom! The amazing thing... family pictures in glass frames fell off of the mantle and hit the carpet and are undamaged! My little pumpkin shaped candy dish was sitting precariously on the edge of the mantle, but didn't fall to it's certain doom on the bricks below. A couple of the pillar candles on my candle holder were chipped, on one side only. Easy enough to put the chipped part facing the wall, lol. My Galileo thermometer didn't make it. For some reason when glass hits brick after falling a few feet it loses. That loss brought tears to my eyes; it was a sentimental item, and kind of cool too. The picture itself is fine, and the frame just has some of the wax that chipped off the candles on it, go figure. All this happened while we were gone for the afternoon/evening, and my first thought when I walked in the door was to wonder if there had been an earthquake. Glad to know it wasn't! Now we just have to figure out why that nail gave away, and get the picture back up on the wall...
As usual, when I sat down to reflect on my day I kind of thought of what happened and how it relates to my life. I really decided that I am not going to give up on this. If I give up, I am like that nail giving way. There really wasn't a lot of damage done, the picture is fine, most everything just had to be picked up out of the mess and put back...except my thermometer. It is shattered, destroyed beyond repair. If I give up, some people in my life really won't be affected. Some may sit there precariously for a bit and then move on like my candy dish, some may fall and be picked up with no damage whatsoever like the family pictures. Some may have a few scrapes and scars like the candles. But someone may shatter, someone may break and give up on themselves and becoming the best they can be because I quit. Sometimes as I go through life, I forget that we are all connected, that what I do will affect others. That is why I want to keep on, to persevere, and to become the best me I can be.
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    Good attitude! What a bummer about the thermometer. I have one I've had for quite a few years, but I leave it at my mom's house. I can only imagine coming home to find my 2 feisty tabbies have knocked it off its perch in the midst of play.
    2004 days ago
    Yep, we're all connected somehow. Probably our actions effect others more than we'll ever know. Great post!
    2005 days ago
    What an amazing post! Yes WE do keep going for our selves , but also for others! BRAVO! Well Written!
    2005 days ago
  • NCSUE0514
    I'm glad it wasn't the wall!
    2006 days ago
    Just things----things don't matter
    emoticon the worry-- you are on track!, yea you!
    2006 days ago
    Awesome post. Sorry about the thermometer. You did an awesome job finding the positive in the damage. You weren't shattered, thank goodness. The balance of supporting and being supported is so hard to find. Great post.
    2006 days ago
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