This morning I got up at 4:30 AM. I know that writing morning and AM in the same sentence is a bit redundant but I wanted to give you an opportunity to feel the full impact of how monumental that task was for me. The last time I got up that early I was preparing to board a plane that would take me to a wonderful destination…now I can see the value of that, but this morning I was rising (before the sun) to appear on a local early morning TV show to promote the Oklahoma Women’s Coalition Advocacy Day planned for April 12 at the Jim Thorpe Association and at the Oklahoma State Capitol. While that is high on my list of priorities, it doesn’t have the same charm as a highly anticipated trip.
To guarantee that I would wake up on time I set the clock on my bedside table and the alarm on my iPhone. I carefully calculated the time it would take for me to shower, dress and get to the station and decided that 5 AM was the best time to wake up. As I scrolled through the numbers on my bedside alarm I decided I would get up 5 minutes earlier just to be safe. So with my Swiss cheese like brain (the parts that are there are very good, but there are also gaping holes) I made the adjustment.
Feeling good about my evening I slipped between the sheets for what I hoped would be a restful night’s sleep. After an hour of tossing and turning I got up to go to the bathroom and while there I had a light bulb moment. My little Guardian Angel that has Band Aids stuck all over her from protecting me whispered in my ear…check your clock, I think you set it wrong.
Guess what, my little angel was right. My clock was set for 5:55 – not 4:55 as I’d intended. Ugh! I was supposed to be at the KFOR before 6 AM! (If you’ve ever set a digital clock, you can probably figure out how I made the mistake once I decided to get up 5 minutes earlier.)
…A thought just occurred to me…a dear friend once said to me, “You know, you don’t have to tell all of the goofy things you do…I do similar things, but I don’t tell anyone. “ I suppose she is right, but where would the fun be in that? Thankfully I don’t take myself too seriously and I don’t mind admitting that I do strange things from time to time…or even more often!
The good news is, I usually figure things out, thanks to my little GA.
So as you go about your week, if you make a glaring mistake or miss calculate or step off of a curb awkwardly, remember you are in good company and that is the perfect time to remember about grace. Grace covers a lot of errors – grace and a bit of laughter!
This is one of my favorite photos that I've taken. It was taken at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Scotland. It was actually a mistake. I made a mistake when I adjust the settings on my camera in the dark and this is the result. See, mistakes aren't always bad!
Living with Grace…and i’m grace
Thu, April 7, 2011
by Grace Lane