Unexpected Changes

“Next week we will be back on a regular schedule.” Or not. Jackie K. jinxed it last week when she proclaimed this week would be returning to a regular five […]

“Next week we will be back on a regular schedule.” Or not.

Jackie K. jinxed it last week when she proclaimed this week would be returning to a regular five day work week for the first time in a while. That lasted one day. Weather forecasters predicted a wintery mix of sleet and freezing rain for Tuesday, and the front office staff all worked from home rather than risk traveling on icy roads. Wednesday was to bring several inches of snow, too, but Wednesday is team meeting time to prepare for the weekend. Since snow is more manageable to drive through than ice, everyone planned to be here Wednesday.

Thankfully, the wintery mix never really materialized; neither did the snow forecast for Wednesday. All we had was rain on Tuesday and a dusting of snow overnight. JustBob was not disappointed that the forecast was wrong; no one else really was either. Mother Nature had finally melted the ice and snow off of tree branches and power lines left by the pre-Christmas storm. Patches of dry pavement were starting to appear on the driveway and parking lots. We were not looking forward to losing all that progress. Since JustBob did not need to be out plowing Wednesday, he was able to make some progress on his long To-Do list instead.

Yet we live in Northcentral Wisconsin and accept the realities that come with winter here. The snow forecast for Wednesday arrived Thursday instead. The coating of white on the tree branches and power lines returned, albeit a much thinner and lighter -weight coat than before. JustBob climbed into the JustBobCat mid-morning Thursday and began clearing the driveway and parking lots one more time.

We tend to be pretty adept at shifting gears quickly and dealing with changing circumstances. It happens all too frequently, regardless of season. Such are the realities of both dealing with the public and maintaining a very old building. Sometimes the unexpected changes in circumstances are beneficial, even welcome; other times, the unexpected changes mean dealing with a reality we do not want or welcome. The key is to accept reality as it is and recognize what we have, or do not have, the power to change.

For all the blessings of unexpected changes, and for the courage, fortitude, wisdom and grace to deal with them, we say Deo Gratias!

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