A quick update on our daughter, Anne, whom many of you prayed for in relation to what the doctor called “situational depression” over losing a job. She is doing much better and has a new job in Hawaii. Though we dislike that she is so far away, she loves where she lives, the people who live around her, and is adjusting to the new job. One piece of Anne that still remains with us is her dog, Malle (pronounced Mallay); the one she rescued as a puppy from a dumpster in Puerto Rico. Malle is a medical term for “ankle” which was how big she was when Anne found her — no taller than Anne’s ankle. Now she is more like thigh-high; I feel like we should call her Femur.
Because of strict rabies quarantine laws in Hawaii, we have Malle through most of October when we will ship her over to Anne. Malle is currently on rabies probation.
She’s a handful, believe me, because she is sort of like a large puppy with a puppy’s attitude and a puppy’s energy. She wants to play all the time and requires at least two walks a day and some extended time going nuts off her leash.
So, now that I have joined the dog-walkers, I have been meeting more people; at least I have the opportunity to. Whether I take the opportunity or not will be a factor of whether I choose to come out of myself or remain isolated. There’s that word. You knew I’d get around to it sooner or later.
There’s one house about five doors down where a woman often comes out front to have a cigarette. On one pass, I stopped long enough to introduce myself and learn her name was Patti. Just the other day I passed by her and could have said, “Hi Patti,” but I didn’t. I didn’t know if she would have remembered my name and I didn’t want to put her on the spot. That may sound good but it’s only about 20% true. The real reason was because I knew if used her name that would indicate an opportunity to talk and I didn’t think I had the time. Now that’s ridiculous. I certainly have the time to say “Hi Patti”; I just didn’t want to stick my neck out. Here I had gone the first step in getting her name, but I didn’t take the second step of using it. I didn’t complete the job.
“Hi Patti,” opens us up to the possibility of a conversation. That may seem small and insignificant, but it says a lot about isolation. How many potential contacts like this happen to us each and every day? How do we treat them? Do we stay isolated or do we come out? Do we even notice? At least give yourself the opportunity to come out. I took the first step; I got her name. Now what? Well, since I’ve brought it up to you, I will have to follow through next time or I’m making myself out to be a liar to all of you. Poor Patti, she’s got the whole Catch after her now! I’ll let you know how this goes.
In the meantime, be conscious today of choosing isolation or choosing to engage. I bet you’ll be surprised how many opportunities there are. Since you contain the life of Christ, don’t you think that’s enough reason right there to engage?