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Writing Wins and Woes: What I Learned from Generosity

Generosity is a great thing. Showing compassion to those in need is a blessing. But in this case, I’m not talking about the kind of generosity that involves giving to people. I’m talking about the board game. I’m sure most of you never heard of the Generosity board game. I bought it about 20 years ago and played it with my son back then. Just recently, we relived some of the childhood nostalgic fun with our son by playing it again. We had a blast.

Here’s some things I learned that mirror life from this board game:

You don’t get heavenly rewards unless your attitude is right. If you have no love, or you’re on a ego trip or you’re a showboat, you don’t get anything deposited into your heavenly treasure chest.

You don’t always get to choose your life course. Although I always wanted to be a teacher for most of my life, I ended up a janitor. My husband wanted to be an artist. He ended up a route man. My son wanted to be a professional basketball player. He is a Fed Ex driver for now. My oldest daughter wanted to be a cartoonist. She does work comp. for a great company.  But this goes to show, you don’t always get what you want in life. But yes, you may get what you need.

Life deals you a lot of sucker punches. What do you want to do with them? Sit and whine or journey on? It’s your choice.

Having children, if you are so blessed, contributes to your heavenly treasure chest even if your attitude wasn’t always right. And believe me, mine wasn’t. Parenthood is trying. I wish I had learned sooner that what they most wanted was my love and support. Luckily, they still do.

In life, it’s best to make a will. Ha Ha. In the game Generosity, if you have a will, you spin the spinner and get 50,000 times the amount in your heavenly treasure chest, but only if your attitude is right. This may not happen in life. In fact, I doubt it will, but even so, a will is a very valuable thing. For one thing, it prevents many disagreements between your children.

God blesses those who give. I’m so grateful for the time I had training up my children. I didn’t always do it right, but when I sat down with my son playing this game again, I was satisfied that I had done something right after all.

Writing Wins and Woes: Random Thoughts

This is my last blog of the year and I thought I’d share some random thoughts.

First of all, I am blessed beyond all measure. Things happened this year. They seemed like they could be bad. My mom got cancer. My little grandson came into the world with the cord wrapped around his neck. My youngest daughter continues to make her home far, far away from me. My boss died. I hurt my knee in a bad fall. I could continue but…

These are the results:

  1. My mom had cancer surgery. They removed the cancer and found no cancer in the lymph nodes or anywhere else in her body despite their belief in the beginning that this couldn’t be.
  2. My grandson was born with a few, tiny complications, otherwise happy, healthy and wonderful. A day doesn’t go by that I don’t thank God for the blessing he is in my life, and for the way he has brought my daughter and I closer together.
  3. Yes, Autumn lives far, far away. Yes, it still hurts. Yes, I still miss her.  However, I’ve found that life goes on. I can be happy knowing that she’s happy. And I can continue to hope that someday we will be together again. The Lord holds her in his hand and I trust Him.
  4. When my boss died, my life was thrown into a topsy turvy whirlwind. I had to embrace a new job, even start thinking about permanently taking over this new job. I was looking toward full time work and I wasn’t very excited about it. I’d miss my husband and not have time for my family, especially my new grandson, but God had it all under control. Someone from the high school moved into the position and I moved back to my old position where I belonged. That someone turned out to be one of the few supports I have in the work place. Again, God greatly blessed me.
  5. For months after my fall, I wondered if I’d ever heal. I hobbled around in my jobs, many times in intense pain, but gradually God let me heal. I never thought I’d be able to have full movement of my knee again, but I do. No, I am not completely pain free because I’m old but I am better.       So, this Christmas, I am extremely thankful. Yes, I went through the wringer, but I came out of it pressed and clean and maybe not completely wrinkle free but no worse for the wear.