I just got a notice that my Office software needs to be updated. I gave the command for the download to begin and after a few moments a notice came up on the screen. It informed me that I could continue to use Office software while the programs were updated “in the background.” Now, to me that sounds scary. I am pretty sure that as soon as I get rolling with this “gather together” musing the computer will suddenly shut down and my work will be lost.
Been there? I have.
I have been assured that everything was fine and then suddenly discovered that someone else’s definition of “fine” was every different from mine.
My folks got a call last night that my aunt, while walking a week ago, was hit by a vehicle and thrown 30 feet. She has been in intensive care for a week. The “all is fine” status that we had assumed about her was changed in an instant. We are praying for continued physical recovery for her.
My aunt had no warning. But, my experience with computer software updates makes me cautious about my next actions. It is true that there have been no “warning” signs flashing on my screen and no red flags have jumped up from the key board, but I know enough to proceed carefully. If I ignore what my experience has taught me, I will probably lose my file and be frustrated. If I take precautionary actions, it is likely that I will protect my work and be ready to move on to my next project.
Have you noticed any “Danger, Will Robinson” signs emerging about your plans for Christmas? Need some examples?
- Is someone going through a rough time and could really use some extra TLC this month?
- Anyone in your circle experiencing divorce, infertility, loneliness, unemployment, or something else for which sensitivity is critical?
- Is there likely to be a conflict over who is where when?
- Know anyone who will struggle with the food choices?
I recommend that we all take a moment and think about those we will be near during the next couple of weeks. Any dangers ahead?
Remember, forewarned is forearmed. Consider adjusting your plans now to avoid conflict or pain later. Maybe we could be more flexible, more supportive, more reflective than we are normally?
OK, I’m on a roll here — maybe I could even be silent from time-to-time this month. Oh my — that would be a true Christmas miracle!!!
Jill (just one of God’s kids)
“Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.” (Ephesians 4:2)