At first, I thought this morning started off badly. This is the morning I print 430 copies of our senior mobile home community newsletter, on a volunteer basis. I print duplex, 6 sides, 3 sheets per issue. It is a small inexpensive laser printer with a small quantity paper tray and small output tray. So I print in batches of 32 at a time. I select 32, I hit print, I go away for 10 minutes or less. When I've printed 2 batches, I re-load the tray. Eventually, a couple hours later, we are finished. Tomorrow I will staple. The routine has worked itself out and I know which tasks fit into those 10 minute spurts. Not bad. Not bad, if there are no glitches.
This morning I began at 6:30 a.m. - during the 2nd batch, I had a paper jam. That one required the large back door to be opened - that one is easy. Pulled out crinkled paper, started again. A few minutes later, another jam. That one needed the back bottom paper tray door opened. Again, a few minutes later, the front had to be opened. Now, this was mostly done in the dark. My home is wired is strange groups. When I print more than a few sheets, I must turn off the lights in the back bedroom where the printer sits. If I don't, the lights flicker - I'm not in love with that issue. I had already opened the slatted blinds, but there really wasn't much light right then. So I'm reading the display for the trouble message, un-jamming, and going again.
After that, no trouble at all for the rest of the run. I even enjoyed doing the toner cartridge replacement that I had already anticipated. But for that first half hour, I was all set to think of it as the start of a bad day.
Because of the water pipes and those issues, I turn the water on and off in very short sessions. During one of those, I took a shower. I have that down to about 9 minutes now; my record is 7 minutes. That 9 minutes was pure luxury. I was so happy, so delighted to be under that hot running water. I thought of the Holy Family, dust all over, no running water, no inside bathrooms, no modern conveniences at all. I thought of all the people in today's world in the same poor condition.
My point is that I could easily have allowed that slightly troubled start to my day to affect my whole day. Oh, I am human, my friends. I was tempted to whine, to grumble, to complain. I resisted as much as possible.
And in the end, I am so contented that at least I can still shower. I had great food to eat - at least, it was great for me. Some things from my crockpot stash of meals from the freezer, lots of fresh fruit which I try to use for treats. And lots of veggies of the type I dice up and mix with a tad of olive oil and red wine vinegar. I even found half a package of a twin pack of Red Baron individual deep dish pizzas in the freezer. I had bought that way back when I had a coupon and it was on special. That little pizza was so good today!
There was another moment of pure joy when I realized it was almost the end of the month, and for the second month in a row, I have the necessary bills paid and not running in arrears. This will not last but for the moment it is a wonderful feeling and a wonderful blessing.
Lord Jesus, when I think of what you and Mary and Joseph needed to deal with, I am ashamed that I ever, even for a moment, am tempted to complain. Help me to always look at the blessings in each day. And thank you for that help in the past. With your help, I am usually able to find many more blessings in each day than troubles. I trust in you.