Perspective--Is The Cistern Half Empty or Half Full?

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Real Estate Sales Representative with Keller Williams Realty--Boerne Hill Country

In a matter of less than 24 hours my truck died (on the way to an appointment no less) and I accidentally emptied our cistern of all the water (on a slow response well...Lord have mercy!).  No big...except that they can't have my truck fixed until next week and I had friends visiting for the weekend with no hope of water in our house for another 12 hours.  Oh...did I mention that my husband had to leave work to come out to the boonies to pick me up in his truck (which, btw, didn't have AC)?  It wasn't a good day.  Tensions were running high in that my husband and I handle "challenges" differently.  He gets quiet and I need to talk...but that's another blog all together.  To top things off...our new chickens were not "coop"-erating and would not go into their pen that nite.

In a true woman fashion...I had several melt downs that day...wondering why now...especially when things were tight financially.   I started my "why me" session with the Lord when a very vivid image came back into my mind that I had seen earlier that day.  I was entering the freeway when I noticed a 70 plus year old woman sitting under the tree by the on-ramp with her plastic bag full of belongings.  She sat like a stiff legged doll like we used to play with when we were young.  It only took a glance to see the emptiness in her eyes as she stared at the cars whizzing by. 

My pity party stopped.  I thought to myself..."Now would you rather have your life or hers?" 

Perspective. Was my cup (or in this case...cistern) have empty or half full?  It was actually ALL empty...but looking at it with a different perspective...it was full.  I'm blessed.  How about you?

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Harry F. D'Elia III
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If you think you have it bad, then there is always someone else who is worst off. Things will happen in life. Just go with the flow

Jul 31, 2010 05:53 AM #1
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Karen Bernetti
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We've all had those days!  I'm glad to hear you got through it okay! Its true ...  "Our attitude toward life determines life's attitude toward us." ~Earl Nightingale

 

 

Jul 31, 2010 06:05 AM #2
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Tony & Darcy Cannon
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Claire, I hope that things improve quickly for you!  Sounds like a Monday mixed into the latter part of the week!

Jul 31, 2010 06:39 AM #3
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Shelley Rowton
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The country life can be a challenge, but it will reward you tenfold.  Just don't let the little stuff get you down.  We've all "emptied a cistern" before.  When I was 12, my stepdad yelled at me to jump in the truck and run close the gate before 9 brahma bulls reached the cows.  So I jumped in, put it in reverse, and proceeded to take down about 1,000 feet of brand new fencing.  And I freaked out about it, didn't get the gate closed in time, and spent the rest of the day trying to cut the bulls out of the cows.  Thus, my first empty cistern.  :)

Jul 31, 2010 07:27 AM #4
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Claire Record
Keller Williams Realty--Boerne Hill Country - Boerne, TX

Thanks, everyone for your kind words...  Just one of life's lessons that I seem to have to learn over and over again.  Not complaining...glad for the growth and the opportunity to "fail forward".

Shelly...your story cracked me up.  I have done similar things that cost my parents a ton of money.  But...their love and grace in the midst of it made all the difference. 

God is good...  Can't thank Him enough for what I have.

Jul 31, 2010 08:36 AM #5
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Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
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Claire:  Wow... you and your post give such great inspiration.  And, what a great new perspective.  I think I need to come back here tomorrow when I am more awake, and just start reading all of your posts... one by one.

This kind of reminds me of another quote or observation.  Something about how "I used to complain that I didn't have any shoes, until I saw a woman without any feet."  Kinda makes you stop and think.

PS... I just love that graphic... and the way it reflects itself in the surface the glasses are sitting on.  Just great !

Aug 01, 2010 06:13 PM #6
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Claire Record
Keller Williams Realty--Boerne Hill Country - Boerne, TX

Thanks, Karen...  Love the quote you shared.  As for the graphic...it took me awhile to find a picture that really conveyed what I was writing about.  It was certainly worth the look.  Thanks for subscribing! 

Aug 02, 2010 02:08 AM #7
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Karen Anne Stone
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Claire:  It is a great quote.  And again, I like what you have done with this post.  When I read it last night, I was almost asleep... but now, being more awake, I have "leaned" on the "suggest" button at the top/right.  I think it should be Featured.  Take care... have a great day.

Aug 02, 2010 02:47 AM #8
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Claire Record
Keller Williams Realty--Boerne Hill Country - Boerne, TX

Gosh, thanks, Karen...  That means a lot coming from you.  I read quite a few of your blogs and love what you write about.  God has certainly given you a gift of wisdom and discernment and you convey them well in your blogs.  Thanks too for suggesting my blog for a feature...I so appreciate that!

Aug 02, 2010 03:25 AM #9
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