Sunday, May 17, 2009

What do you invite into your life?

On Friday evening, I asked Mark, "what's on your schedule for tomorrow?" (A question I ask regularly so we are up to date about each other's appointments and the things we want to get done the next day.)

Mark answered, "I want to have a day of nothing planned".

"Cool", I responded.

I had nothing planned either and was looking forward to a day of going with the flow.

So, Saturday morning I woke up and walked downstairs to find Mark puttering around the basement. It turned out that our tankless hot water heater had given up on us. We love the little machine when it works (it's saved us a lot of money and has an unlimited supply of hot water), but it has left us in the cold a lot lately and we were ready to take it out and go back to an old-fashioned water heater with a tank.

Without having breakfast or coffee, we drove to the hardware store to see what they had available. We called a friend to ask if he could help us install a new heater. We got information about the number of gallons of water that different systems can produce in an hour. We discovered that the old-fashioned water heaters have similar challenges to our little modern machine (we have lots of minerals in our well water) and we learned all about water filters.

The more we learned, the more we realized that our little machine is really great. It just had to be repaired and we needed to install a filter. So I googled some instruction manuals and we started to figure out what to do. We ended up taking the machine completely apart, treating the elements with hot water and vinegar, driving to the store three times to pick up little tools and materials, and now, at 7PM, we have HOT water! Hoorah!

So, why am I telling you this story? Because I wanted us to consider the things that we invite into our lives! I'm not sure that "I want to have a day of nothing planned" created this situation, but we did get what we talked about the previous evening (even though fixing the water heater was not exactly what we had in mind).

So, what do we invite into our lives? If we fear something, are we inviting what we fear into our lives? If we focus on living love, do we create love? If we are happy and exited, do we invite things in our lives that are happy and exciting?

I created this blog with the intention of exploring questions like this and helping us all find answers and empowerment. I would love to hear your thoughts on this. If you reflect on the things in your life, do you see ways that you invited them into your life? What are the things that you're inviting into your life today?

Have an inspired Sunday everyone!

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