Ever Present Help

Yesterday my day was very trying for me from morning until evening. I started the morning eating a piece of cake-nothing I should have been eating for breakfast. The cake didn’t make my stomach happy. Along with the cake I ate a piece of candy. Mistake number two. There was no nutrition for my body in anything I ate.

Chaos overtook my desk. It was as if someone would shuffle the papers and put them in disarray throughout the day. I spent more time trying to reorganize than I did accomplishing my goals.

Another concern of mine was my piano lessons I hadn’t prepared for. Was my instructor going to be able to tell I didn’t practice? Just maybe he’d give me a pass.

At the end of my work day I stayed and talked to my friend. When I looked at my watch I realized I wouldn’t be able to go home before lessons. It was a good thing I brought my books with me. By the time I got to my car and on the freeway I had less than twenty minutes to go quite a ways before 4:00.

I made it to piano lessons with a couple minutes to spare. I had true confession with my instructor and admitted I hadn’t practiced and he said it was alright. An amazing thing happened. I played like I knew what I was doing. I was pretty satisfied and so was he. We even played a duet.

On the way home a friend called to check if I had gotten home safely because the weather was somewhat messy. We talked about other things that were concerns on my mind. He offered comfort and encouragement-just what I needed. It took me to a restful, peaceful place that cleared my mind and I could have a good sleep when I went to bed.

The chaos was gone.

Sometimes our days will go down a path we didn’t plan for it to. It’s usually a path that we have to walk through because it is the only way to come out. But in those moments instead of freaking out wringing our hands helplessly take a deep breath and search for the good that is embedded in the bad. As we recognize the good we will receive a fresh wind to continue down the path to the end. Never fear. Our ever present help is here.

When the Past Knocked

Sometimes the past knocks on the door of your present and informs you it’s suppose to be in your future.

That happened to me the first time a month ago. When I answered the door I was totally surprised the past had caught with me after many years.

My dream to be an acclaimed pianist as a child seemed like a unobtainable dream. I didn’t think my mother could afford to give me lessons so I never asked for fear of hurting her feelings. Many years later as an adult I started lessons when my daughter was taking them but I didn’t finish. Years later I decided to try again. I managed to take lessons for a whole year including a recital. Since that magical time-no more lessons.

Last week there was another knock. This time I was impressed to get my keyboard out. I dug into the back of the closet and found it. Much to my surprise my piano books were in the case also. Looking through the books I found my recital piece. I can still play some of the songs in my books.

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I found in my mailbox information about a music school that I will be checking out. Very interesting.

I believe I’m suppose to honor the knock and finish well.