tales of the unexpected

I normally wear contact lenses. In itself that is not a particularly revolutionary statement. However there is a follow-on statement: there are times when I don’t wear the lenses and have to wear glasses. Again, in itself, that is not a particularly unusual statement: many people wear glasses. Things become more complicated, however, when you add into the equation a new computer headset. The one that I have been using to speak to my computer (as I am now) broke recently and I’ve had to replace them in order to carry on dictating directly into my computer.

When I was looking at replacement headsets I considered getting a like-for-like replacement with a band that goes over the top of my head. Then I saw a headset with a strap that goes around the back of my head (see picture) and I decided that that would be more comfortable given that I don’t have any hair on the top of my head to cushion the strap from the former type and it tended to leave indentations in my head.

So I bought the headset that goes around the back of my head and have been using it very comfortably ever since. Until this morning. Today is the first day that I have worn my glasses instead of my contact lenses since I bought the new headset and I have discovered that there is a significant load placed on my ears by wearing both the glasses and the headset (which hooks over one’s ears so that it doesn’t slip off). It’s not an unbearable load but it was certainly unexpected, and one that I had not considered at the time of purchase. in fact it’s not uncomfortable at all if I readjust the headset once my glasses are on my head. Hopefully now you can see the significance of the statements in the first paragraph.

I sometimes think that life would be an awful lot easier if we could foresee all of the unforeseen events. (Of course that would mean that they weren’t unforeseen, but I think you know what I mean.) We often say that life would be a lot easier if we had 20:20 vision for the future as well as 20:20 hindsight, or that life is a lot easier when lived in reverse. but the reality is that none of this is possible, save for the occasional moment when God offers us a sneak preview through a dream, vision or supernatural insight. So the important thing is not so much being able to foresee the unforeseen as to respond appropriately to whatever comes around the corner, even the unexpected.

Where is all this bloggerel leading? Well, I have found that because I believe in God who is in ultimate control I try (hopefully) to respond to the unexpected things that life throws at me (‘googlies’ in cricket terms; ‘curveballs’ in baseball terms; ‘*^%£!’ in expletive terms) in a Christlike way. I think that means: pausing before reacting; praying before responding; laughing before shouting; adapting and adopting as appropriate.

I’m no saint.

I don’t always get it right.

But when I need it I find God’s Spirit gives me a healthy dose of grace in order to cope. Sometimes that’s all I’ve got. Usually that’s all I need.

Be blessed, be a blessing.

The California State Department of Fish and Game is advising hikers, hunters, fishermen and golfers to take extra precautions and keep alert for bears while in the Yosemite and Mammoth areas.

They advise people to wear noise-producing devices such as little bells on their clothing to alert but not startle the bear unexpectedly. They also advise carrying pepper spray in case of an encounter with a bear.

It is also a good idea to watch for fresh signs of bear activity and know the difference between black bear and grizzly bear droppings.

Black bear droppings are smaller and contain berries and possibly squirrel fur.

Grizzly bear droppings have little bells in them and smell like pepper spray.

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