Taking Time

There are times in life when we are forced to slow down.  This was one of those weeks.

Monday I woke up, didn’t feel great and took my temp:  102.  I called in sick to work, a friend recommended that I go to the doc and by the time I got to the doctor, my temp was over 103.  The flu.  Whee!

So I was down and out for three full days.  My temp would go down during the day and then I’d wake up with a temp, Wednesday was the worst with 104.  Thursday my temp was gone when I woke up, I was on the mend.

I went to work on Friday and lasted half a day.  My body is spent from fighting this thing.  It was such a nice afternoon on Friday that I got a chair outside in my backyard and sat in the sun, breathing in fresh air.  I just sat.  I listened.  I closed my eyes and soaked the sun in.  I was forced to take time. My body was forcing me to slow down, take a breather and remember that I’m not invincible and that taking it slow isn’t a bad thing.

You see, we are always in such a hurry, always scurrying from one place to another, one thing to another, filling every minute of our day.  Because if we aren’t filling it, what are we missing?  Did I forget something?  That’s always my fear.  And it shouldn’t be something feared, it should be something that makes us happy, to have time.

Time to stop, wash some windows, trim a shrub and then sit and watch the world go by.


The Thin Blue Line

This has been a tough week in our community.  Early this week a Sheriff’s Deputy was killed in the line of duty, the first time this has happened in Mesa County in over 100 years.

We don’t have things like that happen here.  We are a close knit community where everyone knows everyone.  Sometimes this is a bad thing but when things like this happen, we REALLY band together.

It was a sad situation.  A 17 year old who has been on the run and had a warrant out for his arrest.  When Deputy Geer attempted to detain him, this 17 year old shot him.  Deputy Geer leaves behind a wife and two children who will grow up without a father.  A wife who, in a few seconds, was left a widow.  He was strong in the community, so many people had known him for years, his dedication to his country and his community are being commended.

I didn’t know Deputy Geer but I know people who did.  Again, it’s thrown out community out of sorts, as it should.  People are showing support by putting blue lines on their cars, flying flags at half mast and more.  Monday we will line our streets as Deputy Geer’s body is taken to Canyon View Vineyard Church for a memorial.  Then we will line again as he is taken to his final resting place.

It is sad, it has struck me more than I thought.  It makes me sad that such evil and misguided people are out there.  This week nearly 10 police were killed and I wonder how those with loved ones in those positions handle situations like this.

I pray for those who are on the streets protecting us, I pray for the responders and for those defending our country.