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94: Doing It My Way

Doing It My Way Whatever you are doing, love yourself for doing it. Whatever you are feeling, love yourself for feeling it. ~Thaddeus Golas I ticked the items off my list as I loaded the goods into the car: paint, brushes in various sizes, rollers, masking tape… After checking and re-checking, I decided I had all I needed and started for home. It had been a few months since the divorce. The initial hurt had subsided a little, but my self-esteem had taken a battering. Not only that, it had been so long since I had lived on my own that I had been surprised to find myself struggling to manage the practicalities. For a time, I had called on friends and family for emotional and practical help, and they had been supportive. One had given me a hand pruning the hedges, which had become so overgrown I thought my garden was about to disappear. Another had introduced me to a good plumber when the boiler failed. I had been really grateful for this help, but I realised now was the time to become more self-reliant. I knew deep down one of the ways to raise my self-esteem would be to deal with all the practicalities now required by my new status. The living-room decor was tired to say the least. Two dark patches showed where a couple of paintings had hung that belonged to my other half... (more)
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95: My Stand

My Stand Invent your world. Surround yourself with people, color, sounds, and work that nourish you. ~Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy I expected to be many things by the time I was fifty, but alone wasn’t one of them. Yet there I stood in a family-sized house that I’d shared with my now-grown children and their father not long ago. My high school sweetheart. My helpmate. My husband of thirty years, who shocked us when he revealed he no longer wanted to be married. Every room held excruciating reminders of our life together and his hasty departure from it. The master bathroom, for some reason, was the hardest for me to walk into, the place where I still most expected to see him. One morning, as I made my necessary but almost unbearable way to the bathroom, a divine voice whispered, “Change the shower curtain.” And so I did. Funny how such a small step began my journey to healing. Just days later, when the forecast called for heavy snow, I was reminded how much I’d depended on men my entire life to take care of most home-maintenance responsibilities. Where, I wondered, do I buy bagged salt, and how do I apply it to our long driveway? I quickly learned from this and similar small challenges in those first weeks that much can be accomplished by simply... (more)
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96: Opportunity Knocks

Opportunity Knocks Sometimes if you want to see a change for the better, you have to take things into your own hands. ~Clint Eastwood “The front doors look terrible,” I said to my husband. When one’s front doors face the afternoon sun in Southern California, there are bound to be problems. Ours was not spared from the intensity of the heat and, over time, the veneer on our oak-stained double front doors began to blister… for the second time. The first time it happened, my father came to our rescue and repaired them, stripping the buckled veneer and painting the doors a bold barn red. For several years afterward, the doors looked great. But it was as if the sun came back at us with a vengeance, and now the doors looked worse than ever before. Thin strips of red painted wood made hills and valleys on the surface of our front door, taunting me every time I came home and put my key in the lock. When I complained to my husband that the doors looked awful, I wasn’t really expecting a response. Even though he is a very handy partner, able to do almost every home repair himself, I knew his business kept him too occupied for home-maintenance projects. We couldn’t afford to pay a contractor to replace or repair them, and asking my father to help again... (more)
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97: Take a Man

Take a Man You only have control over three things in your life — the thoughts you think, the images you visualize, and the actions you take. ~Jack Canfield “Take a man,” she said, when I announced to an acquaintance at church I was going car shopping the next day. Good advice, I suppose, but I didn’t have a man, or any credit, or a down payment, or a stable work history or a co-signer. What I had was an ancient Chevy Corsica with high mileage, peeling silver paint and a high loan balance. The Chevy broke down at least once a month, leaving me with costly repair bills I couldn’t afford and no way to get to work. I did not have a man. The man had left our twenty-four-year marriage in pursuit of an alternative lifestyle. I was not sure I wanted another man. Even if I had wanted another man someday, it would not be soon enough to help me then — when I needed a new car. I needed a car I could trust to take me and my disabled son at least as far as the county line. I went to the Chevrolet dealership with my head down and my shoulders hunched. I tried to stroll casually around, looking at all the latest models. Too soon, I was accosted by an eager salesman. He immediately devalued my trade-in by $1,200 because of its high mileage and peeling paint... (more)