Moving on . . .
Yesterday, my coffee maker died.
It just quit working. No warning. No sputtering or strange noises.
It just died.
My first reaction was one of those deer-caught-in-the-headlights panic moments. No coffee? How will I ever make it through the day with no coffee?
Then, after a few deep breaths, I remembered that I could do what the pioneer women did. They boiled their coffee.
Just call me Dr. Renae, Coffee Woman.
So, I placed a few scoops of the wonderful, black powder into a filter, wrapped it up and stapled it like a teabag. Then, I dropped it into a pot of boiling water, and voila! A few minutes later, I had delicious, life-enhancing coffee. I think it was even faster than my coffee pot.
Okay, I admit the pioneer women probably didn’t have paper filters or staplers, but I’m still pretty proud of my ingenuity.
Then, as I was sipping on that first, glorious cup of the morning, I realized . . . I get to pick out a brand new coffee pot!
A fleeting moment of guilt passed through my mind. After all, my dear coffee pot had just died. It wasn’t even in its grave yet – it was still sitting on my kitchen counter. It had seen me through years of good times and bad times. It had entertained guests and helped me through long nights. And it had gently, faithfully given me something to look forward to, each and every morning.
What kind of woman am I? How can I be smiling about a replacement pot so soon?
But I knew I had to let go. After all, have you seen some of those new-fangled, high-fallutin’ coffee makers they have on the market these days? My old one was just a plain old, low-end coffee maker. Now, they have the kinds that actually grind the beans for you. The kinds that store the coffee within the actual maker, and only release a cup at a time, when you hold your mug under the little spout.
And they have colors! My old one was just plain white plastic. With years of coffee stains, so it wasn’t actually white any more.
It didn’t take me long to move past my sorrow. After all, what’s done is done. Nothing short of a miracle will bring that pot back to life. It’s time to move on.
Does that make me a shallow person?
Then again, I’ve been guilty of hanging on to things for too long. I’ve been known to carry a grudge, and to nurse my wounds, and to wear my feelings on my sleeve for extended periods of time. Those habits haven’t done much to enrich my life. Instead, they’ve kept me from pressing forward. They have weighed me down like a ball and chain. And to be perfectly honest, I’m tired of clinging to the past.
So starting today, I’m going to let go. I’m going to move on. I will remember the good, but I won’t let sadness or anger or guilt or anything else keep me from experiencing the great things that wait for me, somewhere out there in the future.
Wonderful things. Like a cute little $800 cappuccino/espresso/coffee maker/grinder. In red.
Or one of those nifty one-cup-at-a-time doo-dads. In a sleek stainless steel.
Or maybe I’ll just get another basic white coffee pot for $20 at Wal-Mart. The possibilities are endless.
Philippians 3: 13 – 14 “ . . . Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
Moving on . . . just in time for Valentine’s Day, we have (in my humble opinion) the sweetest, most precious, most beautiful book ever! This rhyming ABC picture book by bestselling author Anita Higman, illustrated by award-winning artist Jeneal B. Rogers is destined to be a timeless classic. It’s a love letter, it’s a search-and-find, it’s an ABC book . . . and did I mention the artwork is stunning?
And you can order it here, and get it in plenty of time to give to all your sweethearts, young and old.
Have a beautiful day!
–Renae from Armonia
Renae, I bought an inexpensive espresso pot (the stovetop kind) on Amazon and a small, ceramic microwavable pitcher. I also have a hand-held milk frother. Every morning, I make coffee in my espresso pot (so simple). I steam and then froth milk in the pitcher, add them both to my mug with a little sugar-free flavored syrup, and Voila! I have a hot, flavored latte for just pennies when compared to what a coffee shop charges, and just as good!
Thanks, Jean! Sounds wonderful. I’ll have to check that out. Or maybe I can just knock on your door at, say . . . 7:30 am? Right after I drop FJ off at school . . . 😉