Saturday, April 12, 2014


"What's your personal Dumb Little Victory?"
... so asked the radio hosts who live in my dashboard.

They illustrated ...
"Is there a light you try to make daily?
Having exact change for something?"

I began to nod.  
Years ago my daily commute took me right past the end of Tampa International's runway, and I'd race to 'beat' approaching aircraft to the gore point.  
Isn't that silly?  
Naturally, I lost more times than not - but there were a few fist-pump moments. 

More recently -
... My workplace boasts plenty of free parking spaces, but I'm partial to one in particular.  (mine!)
...  I auto-gravitate to the far southwest seat at the conference table each Wednesday morning.  (mine!)

And here's the FACE I probably wear if either is occupied when I get there.

Of course, there's never been reserved parking or seating at my workplace, or our church's auditorium for that matter - but I'm such a creature of habit.

Even before hearing that radio prompt, I had cause to chuckle at my similarity to another's misfortune:  
A few months back, DH and I'd taken a day trip to see a friend perform at a local casino showroom.   We'd not been seated more than 5 minutes when there comes this rat-a-tat on my shoulder and looked up to see an elderly soul glaring at me, "Those are our seats!"

Um, all-righty then .... be easy, now .... we'll just move over there.
(Later someone observed we were there first, but these old gals are regulars and favor that area.)

And then it happened.
Last week it seemed there were no more little victories to be had:
I was uncharacteristically late - then discovered my car wouldn't start.    Sticking my head back in the bedroom, "The battery's dead; I'm taking your truck."  
.... Only to find myself behind every slow-moving, oversize vehicle on the road. 

Just as I was working my way up an epic pity party, I became witness to one of the most spectacular sunrises I've seen in years.   The kind that bring tears to your eyes.  

You know, I wasn't late after all.  And "my" parking space was right there waiting -- with a bright shiny penny sitting face-up when I opened the door.

I don't know.  But I suspect these little "dumb little victories" are like seeing God smile and wink.    It doesn't take much; I just have to remember to look for the wink.

Wishing you scads of  'Dumb Little Victories'
.... and (of course) hugs from Phoenix,



  1. I liked your "it doesn't take much; I just have to remember to look for the wink." I think there are a lot more winks out there that we just don't see because we are trying to do the "mine" thing rather the "God' thing.

    I liked the nerve of those 2 ladies to say those seats were their seats, you were kind to move. At church we always sit in the last row on the right side; it makes it easier for hubby to go back up to continue worship after the sermon. Last week someone was in the last row. I kind of know the guy so I said "you took my seat." And he said "Oh I can move" and I said "No; I'm just kidding; its fine." I felt so bad the whole service thinking that was an awful thing to say that I apologized at the end of the service. I'm going ot learn to say "mine" less I think.


  2. How sweet, I love this entry. YOuhave a way of putting me right there with you. I saw that sunrise. You guys do have some of the most spectacular sunsets, sun rises we have seen while traveling.
    YOu know I have so many of those little victories/defeats I cannot remember a one now. Mostly they do have to do with driving..
    But the church pews? I worry all the time because we visit so many different churches, ARE WE IN SOMEONE's SEATS?, I know because at our home church we have our REGULAR SEATS! hahahahaha

    I like this one! good entry.

  3. I'm a creature of habit too. Going to have to remember to look for the wink. What a lovely way to put it.

  4. I can honestly say that this is one of my favorite blog posts I have ever read in Blogville. I wasn't even going to hit the blog dashboard this AM, but I'm glad I did.

  5. Being first in line when a new cashier opens up at the grocery store is one. But the best is to find money in the parking lot. LOL!

  6. I love these little winks and I'll take 'em anytime...especially in the midst of a pity party! Isn't that God?

  7. A beautiful post Myra. I need to learn to look at things with a more positive attitude, like yours.

  8. I love this! It's funny--once we had a seminar at work where they suggested we take a different route to work or spend the drive looking at the world around us. I think it's easy to get so caught up in our routines, we fall into a it's refreshing to pull ourselves out of it sometimes.

  9. You are a gem! I enjoy the words you put together. Makes me happy to know you. You are always so upbeat and happy. Take care and enjoy your week!


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