Well… Hello… I was hoping you would show up. I have been out for a short time, trying to make friends with Fruit of the Loom at Wal-Mart. Yes, even your local Professional Friendly Person needs replacements once in a while. So after an already stressful morning, I set out on a shopping trip that turned out to be an exercise in complete and utter frustration.
Since I last went on such an expedition, it seems someone has hired a professionally certified Madman to package women’s underwear! There is an astonishing selection, devised, it seems, to be the ultimate shopping challenge. Choices, choices, choices! There are hi-cut, lo-cut, French cut, bikini cut, full cut, briefs, boy-shorts, thong cut, string cut, classic cut, and comfort cut.
How stupid of me to assume that all undies would be comfort cut!
Not done yet! More choices… 100% cotton, cotton blend, cotton/spandex, nylon, microfiber, wicking fiber, polyester, polyester blend, and modal… whatever that is.
After reading all the labels, if by some miracle, you have made a choice… surprise… there are size and color options. I have been here for a half hour already and my frustration level is in the red zone! Mercifully, I spotted what I thought would work, but there it was, hanging two feet out of my reach on the highest hook. To add insult to injury, after making a complete tour of the entire store, looking for someone to help, it appeared that every salesperson had vacated the store, opting for lunch. This included cashiers! Another dose of frustration!
I am practically in an all out frenzy! It was then and there, I got a hold of myself, took a deep breath, and recalled some of the “magic tips” I had learned at Doorway to Recovery. We have discussed that “Magic Show” in an earlier conversation.
Practice His presence was one of the “tricks”… it is simple… it involves just asking God for his guidance and help or simply thanking Him, briefly, all throughout your day. No long, formal prayers required… just stay in His presence and simply ask directions! He will be there… even in Wal-Mart! My mind silently inquired of Him, “God, could you please help me find some clarity and calm in my day?” He whispered, but I heard… the message was clear, “Go home…. let it go… remove yourself from this endless frustration.” How simple! (God will make it all plain. Timothy 2:7)
Practice His presence… He will guide you through even the smallest of life’s daily stress. I know… I found Him in the undie isle at Wal-Mart.