I’ve had a heck of a few months. I had a bruised foot, which ended up actually being broken. Then, when on my way to Michigan for a family fishing trip, I lost my wallet in the big city of Minneapolis. Having been out of my CAM boot for my broken foot for almost two weeks, I then incurred a grade 3 calf muscle strain, which occurred while crossing the street in that big city in search of my little lost wallet. I was just having a plain old bad day–really, times ten. Did I mention it was a full moon? I had no ID. I had no debit card (upon which I have decided I rely way too much). I had to go to a clinic or ER. It just was not what a girl really needs at any time, but especially while on her way to a fun filled vacation. All I wanted to do was to get to Michigan, get on a boat, and find the succulent King Salmon that I knew was waiting for me.
Well, it just didn’t happen. Another member of my family was flying to Michigan, but his connecting flight was cancelled that same day I was having my fun in Minneapolis. I told my OTHER brother, Captain Carter, “do not go fishing tomorrow. There’s too much bad happening.” I wasn’t sure if the Moby Dick of Lake Michigan was going to appear out of the water and swallow him whole, but I didn’t want him to tempt fate. Things were sort of out of sync for this trip. Well, unbeknown to me, the lake had its own plan – churning and tossing and making such a fuss as to cause nine foot waves. The lake cancelled the fishing. Thank you, universe.
After two weeks, the crutches are gone, and the wallet items have been replaced. Someone found my wallet on the street and tried to contact me via the Facebook inbox, which I only happened to stumble upon cleaning up some messages. He found it and tried to contact me that night. If I had known about that odd inbox, I would have had my wallet, maybe not even injured my leg – gone to Michigan, and had a whopping good time catching whoppers. BUT I didn’t.
Why am I telling you this silly story (aside from the fact that it is true)? Well, first off – UU Principle #1 –the inherent worth and dignity of every person. I think the guy that found my wallet exemplifies that. He could have just tossed it, tried to use the cards in it or whatever one does with someone else’s identity–but he didn’t. He helped me close this whole chapter of the vacation that never was. Second off–UU Principle #7, Respect for the interdependent web of existence of which we are all a part. Each bad thing, or good thing, depending on how you look at it, was dependent upon the other and affected the whole outcome of my non-vacation. The results of all the mishaps are some form of communication from the universe, telling me perhaps to slow down. Be thankful. Be grateful. Respect that all of us are more connected than we could ever understand. Listen, the universe is always speaking.