Sunday, July 1, 2012

An odd egg and I


What do an odd egg and I have in common?

I wonder if chickens in the egg farms are allowed to lay the occasional interesting egg.  Since I have my own chickens, I am used to seeing white, brown, green, small, large, speckled, plain, bumpy, and occasionally shell-less eggs.  I know that chickens don’t lay all the same size and color eggs. 

Look!
An Odd Little Egg

That odd shaped little egg on top will taste just as delightfully eggy as the others, will be fine in any recipes, and, in fact, the only difference is its odd little shell.  What would happen if “store bought” eggs all of a sudden looked like these?  Would some of them get tossed in the trash because the shell is different?

People look different, too.  When you meet someone, do you look them over and take mental notes?  I do.  I’m wondering whether this person will be my friend or be too “different”.  I think it’s a natural thing to do, but there is a point where it should stop.  If I rule out a conversation because Parkinson’s halts the speech, I could miss wisdom.  Wanda Zohlman:  “Paint every day!”  If I rule out a wheelchair, I could miss inspiration:  Joni Eareckson Tada.  Vincent van Gogh had his quirks, too.  Should we not look at his artwork because of his mental illness? 

Illness and disability can color our view of people and rob us of wonderful relationships.  Be brave – cancer isn’t contagious, paralysis isn’t catching, Parkinson’s, depressions, heart disease…

You see, the face of disability might not be what you expect.  
Yes.  I am disabled and I have mounds of paperwork to prove it.

In 1999 I learned how to live a “new normal” called congestive heart failure.  Now, as I prepare to get my third pacemaker, I cannot say that it is an “old normal” because I am still constantly aware of my cardiomyopathy.  I have, however, learned to see the loving Hand of God in my circumstances.  I can also say that I have learned to “take inventory” of others a little differently.  Conversations that I used to avoid aren’t quite so scary anymore because I see a (disabled) Person, not a Disability. 

While everyone may not have the words of wisdom of Wanda, be nearly as inspiring as Joni, or create artwork as famous as Vincent, try to look past the (disability) to find something interesting when you “take inventory” of someone.  You might be very surprised!

Blessings,
Kathy

For I know what I have planned for you,’ says the Lord.  
‘I have plans to prosper you, not to harm you.
I have plans to give you a future filled with hope.
Jeremiah 29:11 NET

23 comments:

  1. Kathy, you have such a positive outlook. Good luck with your 3rd pacemaker procedure!

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  2. Kathy, I had no idea you had any health problems. You have been such a friend to me everyday since we met. Your such a positive person. You are in my prayers and I wish you a speedy recovery! BIG HUGS!

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  3. I, too, am wishing you a speedy recovery complete with more hugs.

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  4. (((Hugs))) and smiles to you, Kathy -- with your sense of humor and positive outlook, you will sail through the surgery! I remember a friend in my elementary school, probably 3rd or 4th grade -- she had been stricken with polio and was in a wheelchair. A lot of kids wouldn't play with her -- probably because they didn't know how rather than real discrimination at that age. But she became my fast friend and I remember pushing her on the playground and our parents figuring out a way for her to come visit me at my home. Her hands were so soft! And I was sad when she moved away. From that friendship, I learned about tolerance and looking past any outward appearance.

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  5. Kathy, Prayers and hugs headed your way! A positive outlook helps so much - a new pacemaker YAY! Wishing you a speedy recovery, too.

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  6. Kathy you are someone who seems to focus on the positive aspects in life, and that is such a wonderful quality.
    I know everything will go very well for you. I am sending major prayers your way, for a full and speedy recovery.
    You've been though it before, so you know what to expect. Many hugs to you xoxo

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  7. You are in my thoughts and prayers the next couple weeks! I hope that everything goes smoothly.

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  8. I wish you well in your upcoming surgery and I will pray for you. You are super sweet and I know an angel will be there with you to keep you safe.

    I would like to say to anyone who reads this or cares that I too am disabled. My disability is trigeminal neuralgia. This is marked by extreme pain in the face especially from even the slightest wind, which can even be caused when someone walks by, touch, etc. When I go out which is very rarely, I cover my face with a scarf that I have to hold up because if the scarf touches that is pain too. People fall all over themselves and even run into poles, etc. staring at me. My husband says they are waiting for the scarf to fall to see if I am disfigured or what. I think that is absolutely terrible and it adds to the fact that I don't ever want to leave the house. People need to stop being so mean and be nicer to the disabled and that includes staring at them!

    Anyway, enough of my rant. I guess your post hit a soft spot. Speaking of soft spots...if you pick up a shell-less egg (never heard of that) does it pop?

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  9. Can you imagine how boring the world would be if we were all the same? And the lack of innovation and art? God used Moses despite his speech issues so I am sure he can use me with my weirdness.

    Will be thinking of you and a fast recovery.

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  10. I have an appointment this coming Friday for an ecochardiogram to check if there is water around my heart. This is because I have been suffering with an auto-immune skin disease and am on prednisone. I am also in a wheelchair when I have to leave the house. I know that some people look at me like I am an old person with nothing to give but I know they are wrong. I also know that God loves me.

    ♥♥♥
    Sue

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  11. Sending many prayers on your upcoming surgery! We all have something not so perfect about us but I think that's what makes us perfect! Sometimes we don't always understand someone else's differences but it's a learning opportunity plus a chance to meet someone who may turn out to be a great friend or inspiration. Thanks for this wonderful post to help open our eyes!

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  12. Kathy, I am amazed to hear you have health problems, you are so active and positive and an inspiration to us all. I am so happy to call you friend. I am sending prayers and positive vibes your way, I know you are in good hands.

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  13. Thank you, Judy!!!

    Thank you, Pam! You have been a great friend, too! (((hugs back to you!)))

    Thank you, Jane!!!

    Thanks, Lee! Yep! A shiny new one ;-) I appreciate the prayers!

    Thank you for the prayers, hugs, and encouragement, Betty!

    Thank you, Rose! me, too!

    Wax Beach Artist - oh, my! praying for you, too! That has to be really hard. My disability is invisible, so the reactions I get are when I tell people I can't do certain things. Thanks for the prayers!
    When a hen is very young and just starts laying eggs sometimes there will be so many eggs that one will come out sort of unfinished. They have a little membrane on them, but it isn't very strong. LOL - so they make quite a mess! If you put an egg in vinegar it will disolve the shell - then it looks just like those little early shell-less eggs.

    Thank you, Erika! Soooo very true! It is nice to have all the different pieces in the quilt of life!

    Amen, Sue! You are such an encourager! Praying for you to have a good report, too!

    Thanks, Sharla! So true - it would be such a sad world if we were all the same! You are welcome =) I enjoy writing these posts.

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  14. Thank you, Marlene! (((hugs))) So happy to call you friend, too!

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  15. Kathy- You are definately in my prayers. I am assured that our Lord has you in the palm of His hand and in the center of His plan.

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  16. Wonderful post, Kathy! I love your odd-ness! Praying for you extra this week!

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  17. I love your comparison of an egg and people. So very true. Know that you are in my prayers.

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  18. Sending my thoughts for a successful surgery and a speedy recovery!
    This is one of the things I love best about the internet...you can't judge a book by its cover! I would have never known you had a disability had you not just told us. I've gotten to know you through your blog and your art...and not by your CHF.

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  19. Thank you, Linda! He does hold us close all the time!

    Thank you, Shannon! Oddness is a specialty ;-) I appreciate all the prayers!

    Thank yoy, Brenda! I appreciate the prayers very much!

    Thank you, memories! It's a refreshing change to be known that way when you have a disability - many people are known only for their wheelchair, etc. It's a great advantage of the internet and I love it, too!

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  20. Hey Kath - you know my story on "disabilities" - hang in there, sister, and I am holding you in my prayers for smooth sailing through this. Call if you need anything - Steve & I can take Baby Truck up there to help out - she's small but she can haul!

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  21. Hey, Karin! Thanks mucho for the prayers and offer to help! Perking along okay up here for now =)

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  22. I'll start off by saying I've always enjoyed a variety of people.

    Maybe people are not so much dis-abled as challenged. We are ALL, every one of us, challenged in some way. Truly, how else would we grow?! I do believe life is a school and there are lessons to learn, challenges to surmount, joy to be had.
    The joy that comes in difficulties is precious indeed. I see you as someone full of fun, life, and joy. And you share that with us. Now we learn something else about you and can only feel inspired!
    sending many prayers your way.

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  23. Thank you so much for your very kind words, Splendid! Some people refer to themselves as "diffently enabled". I rarely use the "label" myself, and I agree with you - it's more of a challenge. Thank you very much for the prayers!

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