So often I’m reminded of Garth Brooks’ song, Thank God for Unanswered Prayers. Here’s a great example of thinking you want one thing and really . . something else is way better!
A little background for some who might not know — The entire time Vince and I have been married, and even before we were married, I always told him “I will live anywhere in the south EXCEPT Texas!” With both the companies Vince has worked for since we’ve been married, there were always opportunities for transfer and until January, 2011, my “not living in Texas” rule was taken seriously. And, I’ve never liked cats and said there would never be a cat at my house!
Anyway . . here’s our conversation this morning:
Vince: I think Rita is bow legged. What do you think?
Vince: Are all chihuahuas bow legged?
Me: I don’t now! I never had a chihuahua on my radar so I never knew anything about them.
Vince: You never had a cat on your radar either.
Me: And now I have two of them!
Vince: You never had an Italian husband on your radar.
Me: I never said that but thank goodness there’s just one of them!
Vince: You never had moving to Texas on your radar.
Me: Oh, yes, I did . . but there was a big red “X” through the middle of that radar screen!
Vince: What else did you have on your radar screen?
Me: A big house, with a big, nice kitchen. A garage attached to the house.
Then we laughed and talked about how if everything had gone according to our plans, we’d probably not be nearly as happy as we are now.
Sometimes it’s good to think about all the things we thought we couldn’t live without and how lucky we are that things turned out the way they do. Of course, not always . . but sometimes we have to look for the good and not concentrate on the things that didn’t go the way we wanted them to go.
I’m not saying every single thing is good . . I can think of horrible things that have happened to people or horrible things people are going through but I’m generally speaking of our day to day things that sometimes seem worse than they are.
Dottie N. says
Love your notes sharing y’all’s conversations!!
Your conversation made me smile. Sometimes even the bad things that we think are the end of the world turn out to have a good purpose. It’s always good to appreciate what we have, and I think you and Vince do that very well.
Judy, I love how contented you are with your life now. One just never knows how things will turn out. I must tell you that most people cannot believe that there is any reason in the world that anyone would live in Twentynine Palms in the middle of the desert. I was one of those when we were transferred here by the Marine Corps back in 1971. I hated this awful place so badly. After a few months I began to see the beauty and love the people. 44 years later it is still home and I can’t imagine living anywhere else. When I was young I always thought I’d live in the city and be an executive. Hahaha!
Sue S says
I so enjoyed this post! I believe there are NO unanswered prayers, but sometimes the answer is no or not yet. I think the Supreme Being knows that’s not what you need, and if you just think about it you eventually realize what you got is so much better. Good for you and Vince for knowing that. 🙂