sometimes you’re the bug

It’s been several months since I wrote a Tuesday’s Tune post. But, I’ve got a song in my head, thanks to some obstacles that popped up yesterday morning.

Yesterday was Monday and like most Monday’s I wasn’t looking forward to getting out of bed and embracing the new week. It had snowed most of Saturday afternoon and Sunday and the cars and roads were coated with snow. AND it was cold.

Sometimes you’re the windshield
Sometimes you’re the bug

As I always do, I get up early. Yesterday I rose around 4:30. And as usual I checked my e-mail while the coffee brewed and discovered the WIFI was down, so I re-booted the system, twice. The re-boot didn’t work. Then, I realized we had a service technician coming to change and upgrade our service and the internet and cable must have been turned off. Yep, the television signal was dead, too. Thirty minutes wasted spent trying to solve the problem. But, the coffee was good.

courtesy of How to Detail Your Car.

Sometimes it all comes together baby
Sometimes you’re just a fool in love

I decided to take a shower and head to school so I could get some work done. So, I showered and dressed quickly so I could leave the house early and take advantage of a quiet school. Nope. When I went to put my bag in the car and leave, I discovered my doors were frozen shut and I couldn’t open one of the car doors. So, I used the remote start to thaw the doors. Eventually, I was able to get the front door open and then the back door open.  Fifteen minutes wasted spent trying to solve the problem. But, the coffee was good.

Sometimes you’re the Louisville Slugger
Sometimes you’re the ball

I stopped at Starbuck’s for my breakfast sandwich – I ordered ahead so it would be the right temperature – not too hot, not too cold, just right – like baby bear. I arrived at the store and decided I needed a pound of coffee and chose the promotion coffee – Christmas Blend 2016 – which earned me an instant $5 reward. Five bucks is another cup of coffee. Except, the sales clerk didn’t know how to process the transaction and it required the manager to void the transaction and re-do the transaction. The clerk apologized and I replied,

“No worries, if this is as bad as my morning gets, I am having a pretty good morning.”

She smiled and replied, “I wish all of our customers were as nice as you.”

It made me smile and realize how unimportant some of the obstacles I face truly are. When everything was finished, she thanked me

“Thank you for the learning experience this morning.” She  replied, smiling.

I smiled back and replied, “You’re welcome.” And I thanked her for the lesson in patience. My sandwich was delicious.  Five minutes lost, but immeasurable perspective gained.

Sometimes it all comes together
Sometimes you’re gonna lose it all

When I finally got to school I was five minutes early and the parking lot was an icy mess. I waited for a colleague to unload her bag and we walked in together discussing our weekends away from school.

Later in the afternoon I had a doctor’s appointment scheduled, my annual physical. Somehow, I get my scheduling wires crossed and arrived thirty minutes early for my appointment. I am never early, NEVER. I waited patiently in the waiting room. When I the doctor walked in he greeted me and told me,

“How are you doing? I always look forward to seeing you.”

I was startled and replied, “Really.”

“Yeah, I do, I really do. You are always positive and energetic and not all of my patients are.” He explained.

It was a good visit. My weight is down and he explained to me that for my age I am pretty healthy. It’s what I wanted to hear and what I’ve been working for and why I’ve been watching what I eat and what I put on my plate.

So yesterday somehow, some way, I lost over an hour of time, but I really gained perspective. It’s all in how I how I look at things. It was a good lesson in humility and patience. The song I had in my head was “The Bug.” Originally written and performed by Dire Straits, but the version I first heard was by Mary Chapin Carpenter. The lyrics and a video are below for your listening pleasure.

Today is gonna be a great day, I know it and I can feel it. Making the Days Count, one day at a time, one step at a time, even when it is seemingly backwards or sideways.

How are you gonna make it a GREAT DAY?

“The Bug”

Performed by Mary Chapin Carpenter
Written by Mark Knopfler

Well it’s a strange old game you learn it slow
One step forward and it’s back you go
You’re standing on the throttle
You’re standing on the brake
In the groove ’til you make a mistake

Sometimes you’re the windshield
Sometimes you’re the bug
Sometimes it all comes together baby
Sometimes you’re just a fool in love
Sometimes you’re the Louisville Slugger
Sometimes you’re the ball
Sometimes it all comes together
Sometimes you’re gonna lose it all

You gotta know happy – you gotta know glad
Because you’re gonna know lonely
And you’re gonna know sad
When you’re rippin’ and you’re ridin’
And you’re coming on strong
You start slippin’ and slidin’
And it all goes wrong because

Sometimes you’re the windshield
Sometimes you’re the bug
Sometimes it all comes together baby
Sometimes you’re just a fool in love
Sometimes you’re the Louisville Slugger
Sometimes you’re the ball
Sometimes it all comes together
Sometimes you’re gonna lose it all

One day you got the glory and then you got none
One day you’re a diamond and then you’re a stone
Everything can change in the blink of an eye
So let the good times roll before we say goodbye because

Sometimes you’re the windshield
Sometimes you’re the bug
Sometimes it all comes together baby
Sometimes you’re just a fool in love
Sometimes you’re the Louisville Slugger
Sometimes you’re the ball
Sometimes it all comes together
Sometimes you’re gonna lose it all

Sometimes you’re the windshield
Sometimes you’re the bug
Sometimes it all comes together baby
Sometimes you’re just a fool in love

Sometimes you’re the windshield
Sometimes you’re the bug
Sometimes it all comes together baby
Sometimes you’re just a fool in love

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4 thoughts on “sometimes you’re the bug

  1. I love that song and it is so true – some days are just like that. And, I agree with your doctor, you are always positive and upbeat and that speaks volumes. Keep it up by friend. When you visit Vicksburg I’ll make sure you have a great day (or days)!

    Until next time – make the days count.

    Patricia

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