Friday, June 30, 2017

So Proud

OK.  I was really in love with this guy about a year ago.  We were almost inseparable for two months.  It was heavenly.

Yes.  He had financial issues but I made sure our dates were low cost like walking, playing tennis, going to free lectures.

It was great!

Then, on July 4th, after a wonderful afternoon, he left and I never heard from him.



I was so hurt.  The last I heard, he was sick so I thought something had happened to him.

Finally, I stopped trying.

Then, about a month ago, he called -- out of the blue.

He announced that he was getting married but that he really enjoyed our time together.

I couldn't understand why he called but, he missed me and wanted to pick up some of the pieces.

But, I told him he had hurt me and I just can't resume anything.  I told him how empty I'd felt and how I had to struggle to get through the days.  While he was romancing a new woman, I was in pain.

It would have been so easy for me to consent.

But I told him "NO."  He had hurt me and I wouldn't let him back in my life -- particularly since he was now engaged.

So, when we hug up, I cried.  But I knew I'd done the right thing.  Seeing him again, with this new entanglement was an invitation for more pain.

So, I hung up and after crying, I congratulated myself for seeing the obvious.

I am so proud to have been strong...not weak.

Monday, June 12, 2017

So much luck - Karma must be shining

Yesterday, my car stopped while parked at Kroc Center. Fortunately, a man parked next to me saw my distress.  He was with his little daughter and enroute to church.  Well, he had cables and immediately got my car started.  I went straight home.

But, I told his little daughter what a great person her dad was to rescue me.  Had he not been there, the day would have been a nightmare.

That made her smile.

Then, the weekend before that, I was in Lynwood, Illinois trying to find a business fair I wanted to attend.  I pulled into a gas station but it was closed.  However, a lady came by to get air in her tires.  I told her about my predicament.  She was trying to describe how to get there but said: "Let me take you there and you can follow me."

Well, thanks for her because getting there was filled with twists, turns and zig zags.  I would have never gotten there without her assist.

I got nicks and hits in life but they vastly outweighs all of the kindnesses.  This is a small example and an example of karma visiting me in positive ways.

I'm blessed.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Pen is Mighty

Recently, I had an "encounter" with an inspector from the City where I live.  He ranted and raved and was so disrespectful as he talked about the violations at a rental property I own.

He threatened me with the prospect of a fine and said I'd have to go to court.  He gave me 48 hours to fix the issue.  I did it in 24 hours.

I remained calm throughout this tirade. But I wasn't going to let him get away with talking to me like that.

I got his name, title and wrote a letter to the Mayor. And I mentioned that I'm Vice President of the Library Board where I volunteer.

Next thing I know I get a call from the Mayor's office.  He wants to meet me. And, when I went down to the Housing Department to look into the fine, I was told it was withdrawn because the violation had been handled.

The mean inspector broke the news and he was all contrite.

Hmmm...The power of the pen in action.