ON MY MIND: Wow

On My Mind | Maureen Burns

So was a message on Facebook by Jason Becher. It was open to the world and listed the address of his home. It was such an example of total kindness that it blew me away.

Today as I was doing errands, I wondered who would be alone on Thanksgiving. That thought made me sad, but I didn’t do anything about it. I knew my holiday table would be full of family and I was all tired out getting things ready for the meal and their stay. I had no more to give.

Then when I read this magnanimous offer I was bowled over. Wow!

There is a new book out by one of my very favorite authors, Anne LaMott. I have shared her prayers with you before. “Help me, help me, help me” and “Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

Now in her new book she adds a third prayer, “Wow.” I haven’t read the book, but heard her speak a bit about it on National Public Radio.

I think the message/invitation the man above put on Facebook was a Wow.

Today was a very rough day for me, rougher than I have had in a long, long time. I cried. I shook. My head hurt. What to do with it all, I wondered, as I faced a full Thanksgiving meal that needed to be prepared and a house that needed to be cleaned and prepared for weekend guests. I had no time to be upset. What to do? Help me, help me, help me.

Tears, hugs and prayer helped. Then getting on with the work that needed to be done, step by step. Great music helped. Soon I heard my sorry self singing. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Now it is evening and I look back at a day that got done. I am exhausted and feel like I have been through a heck of a day. However, perspective is in order. My house has not been blown away by a hurricane. My family is all well and coming for turkey. The sun is supposed to come out tomorrow. My old dog is able to walk up the stairs today and so am I. Thank you, thank you, thank you is definitely in order. So is Wow.

When we think of wow, it is often as an unbelievable thing, something spectacular. Then again, sometimes it is as simple as survival and for that I feel thanksgiving.

 Maureen Burns, a Greenville resident, is a professional speaker and author. Her e-mail address is maureenburns@maureenburns.com.

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