Interruptions

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This morning, I find myself thinking about interruptions — the types of unexpected experiences that change our lives in powerful ways. Some interruptions are undoubtedly disruptive, but others are gifts we never expected, like,

-the life-changing person we didn’t anticipate meeting,
-the invitation that put us in the right place at the right time,
-the story that encouraged us to ask a new question,
-the feedback that taught us something unrecognized in ourselves,
-the movement that emerged rather organically.

Though rarely sought after intentionally, some interruptions add depth and direction to the scope of our lives. They can also bring us into community in powerful ways. They are some of the greatest gifts we receive.

Today, I am pondering these kinds of interruptions in my life and giving thanks. While unexpected at the time, much later, these are the kinds of experiences we cannot imagine our lives without.

What are some of yours?

Renee Roederer

3 thoughts on “Interruptions

  1. My life has been interrupted by chronic illness quite a few times. Most recently, in a way that has caused me to stop working entirely. My last official day of work was June 28, 2016. In the past, I’ve always hurried to get back to work after a severe episode of illness. This time, family, friends, and physicians urged me to take a slower and more patient path of healing. This path has its own obstacles and demands.

    Yet, staying home allows me to better care for myself and my family and to maintain my wellness much more easily. I am grateful that it has also led to some inspiring relationships, greater personal development, and most importantly, a stronger marriage.

    Thanks for asking!

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  2. A week ago last Monday I had my second cataract surgery, and last Friday I had double hernia surgery. Now with the occasional sharp pain from the hernia surgery in particular, I particularly want to thank God for giving me what life I have been given. I also thank God, of course, for the skill of the surgeon.

    Once again I might explain this reaction through my oil painting exercises. Making a painting all of value (all dark or light) is inadequate, whether it ends up all too light or too dark. We seem able to appreciate the bright wonder of being alive with the darkness which sometimes descends upon us. It puts our life into perspective, I guess, although I want to apologize for trying to explain it. For as a surrealist once wisely commented, life is to be lived, not explained.

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  3. Interruptions can be life changing. I always marvel how sometimes one simple decision can change the whole course of your life. Going to an event and meeting the person who turns out to be your spouse, taking one job over another, etc.. Love your writing Renee!

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