Challenges build character. Challenges shape personalities. Challenges prepare us to fight against the forces that would have us give up and admit defeat.
I am facing a first-world challenge at the moment; a dead HVAC system in the house we bought a month ago. The repair team who came by today said the system is shot and should be replaced. We have a home owners’ warranty policy, but the guy leading the team said it would be 10 days before they would know whether the insurance company would pay for a new system. They might patch the existing system together, piece-meal, but that is NOT recommended. So we wait. The weather thus far has been cooperative; nice breezes, open windows, clouds. But next week the temperatures should rise into the 90s during the day.
We will cope. We will face the challenges. I am happy to have a roof over my head. I am pleased to be able to afford food. I have the world’s most wonderful wife. I am a lucky man.
My root canal yesterday was not what I would have hoped for in my first month in my new home. But it went without a hitch. I am a lucky man.
But now I must accept whatever it is behind the curtain. What is it that could wreck my world? We all have challenges. Sometimes, they build character. Sometimes, they are insurmountable, defining our limits in ways that humble us.
If I prayed (but I don’t…and to whom/what?), I would wish good things for us. But I am confident things just happen, according to a haphazard arrangement.