Lessons while Driving

Each and every time, without fail, that I get the opportunity to drive any friends car, alone, without the children, on a nice day (or not); I cannot help but do a few of the following:

* HONK at cows!
A MUST!are you kidding me! They are the coolest creatures on earth and have a great life. Stand, sit, lye, eat, sleep, Repeat. If I believed in re-incarnation, I’d want to be a cow. (but, not one that would be harmed…) I’d have a bunch of fabulous buddies, hangin in the feilds, chewin complainin chatin, moooo’in; maxin and relaxin. Really! Feed me lots, and let me roam. Having already had, the opportunity to feel like a “milked” cow during breast feeding; I am not sure I’d mind that part very much either! Seriously, HONK AT A COW the next time you see a bunch on a country drive: WATCH their reaction! They really appreciate it!

** SING!
ooohh no, not just sing a tune here and there! I talking half way out the window like a dog on a hot day SING. Like in EVERY video of Mariah Carey type: hair stickin to my poppin lip gloss, beltin it out fearlessly–like I THINK I can actually sing. I cannot sing to save my own life but, I do it anyways!
What I enjoy most is the reactions I get from passerby folks or at the lights. Strangers starring. I just pretend I cannot see their faces. Holding a straight face is a difficult game. Some sing along, give a wave, look at me like I have 3 heads–doesnt change my tone. It is thee only place I know I wont see these people again.
TIP: Epecially fun when driving out of your own town.

*** PRAY:
Praying in a vehicle for me reminds me of when I first got ‘clean and sober’ 7+ years ago and ‘re-found God’ (whom had never left, another post..). There was once of these anonymous ‘poems’ or encouraging writings by someone just circulating around at the time with the suggestion: “..when in doubt, talk to the Empty Chair”. It was some kind of representation for sitting across a seat speaking to Jesus. I LOVED THAT idea, and in fact I used it often. In a vehicle is where I get that opportunity again. A reminder of the fresh newly renewed adoration I had for God that I had back then. I believed then, at any given moment I didn’t ask God to ‘be with me’ that I would die or relapse. “..And to relapse was to die anyway, that is just how it was for us (me)” … Which brings me straight into my next MUST and DRIVE:

*** CRY like a baby:
YEP, drive and cry. Pullover if it’s real bad even. I will cry to any song that has touching words. The beat or tempo has no meaning to me (unless its crap).
I CRY uncontrollably each and every single time I get to drive a friends car. It’s almost pathetic.

LIST OF CRYING SONGS:
“Christmas Shoes” seriously, don’t even try NOT to cry listening to that.
— “Livin On A Prayer” by Bon Jovi
(Original Version is nothing compared to live!)that’s another one of those ‘early sobriety songs’ for me.

TODAY, specifically THIS song HIT me in the HEART:

These are the words. No matter what “Genre” you care for, this song spoke to my core. The ‘humane being’ in me.
I don’t expect you to like it. agree with it…even listen to the words.
This was my moment today. In my experience, this was the uncontrollable cry for me today in particular.
(Here is the link to the words to read of the song.)

I can barely put into words what I felt inside today. About myself. About life. About people I knew. About humanity at it’s worst and it’s best. It. Just. Hit. Me. Hard. link to YouTube.
Close Your Eyes and Imagine Your Children.

I have never heard this before.
It’s an old one: According to my teen.
Take a listen here; or read the words.

THE LAST Song was: “People Like Us” by Kelly Clarkson I have never heard before. In the moment I needed an upbeat song! It fit the bill and I pretended to know the words as I sang….(listen or watch video below)
Instantly, I started thinking of my WordPress Family and friends. All of you! I don’t have time to list you all. Besides, you know who you all are. Not picking favs but a must mention Sista feels like an extended missing family member!

Driving lesson for today:
LISTEN, drive safe, pray, smile, laugh, have fun —
and SING REALLY LOUD when you drive!!!

What crazy stuff do you do while driving? Have you seen anyone like me drive near you? What is your first thought or reaction? Share your Comment below! We all love to hear them!

See ya’s later My Herd,
JayNine xox

Who Fills Your Jar?

Friday, I started off the Link Day Friday post, pretty well. I was pumped to say the least! I had been organizing and collectively arranging photos and descriptions all throughout last week. It actually looked as if it would have been an informative success! Spent pretty much all of my morning, finalizing photos, copying links, done and done. I had completed the spelling check and a once over. Now, it was time for a breather. I also work between iPad app and PC on line version of WordPress; which I do to cause myself more confusion. Honestly, it’s easier to save and upload photos this way–just not to set them up well. I check on PC to add links, descriptions, and center photos before publishing. At this point, the Link Day Friday Post was good to go but, my brain was tired. Needed relief from computer world for a moment or two…

Oh, I better mention: I’ve also been praying much more lately and started a new bible study with an on line group of (my real life) friends. Let’s just say whenever I throw prayer and “God’s Will” into the mix, my life can begin acting a little stranger than usually. Without getting into the fact that I always say my prayers lately, its been well, more concentrated. I ask for my will mainly to be aligned with the Lord’s for the day. Ask Him to join me in my craziness, in hopes He will make it fruitful if not on track. Matthew is the Chapter we are going over; quite slowly I might add. Baby steps are the way I soak info in best! But, back to my day…

Before publishing, somewhere within the ease of my distractibility (<–yes, it’s a word yippee!), I must have taken a wrong turn around noon. I am soo easily distracted…++ *”ooohh look! something shiny! Huh? oh yeah!*”….these days! Be it an overactive imagination, or increased lack of concentration; whatever it is, has worsened within the last 3 years. On my wrong turn (or my tangent) I traveled, probably only to copy paste another perfect link, and I end up on these mason jars — “mason jars..? What?…Really J9? what about the links/photos you prepared?…” I often ask myself these sorts of questions.

I wasn’t way too concerned as to why. I mean, I am interested in mason jars as well anyways. In fact, we do have a utility closet full of empty coffee canisters, jars, containers, tubs and more. I think every Mom should have one of these life-saving spaces for rainy days and crafts. At my Mother’s House, we have a “God Can” she started in early recovery from about 18 years ago now. I have always wanted to start a gratitude jar with my girls. I however, am plagued with an ‘out-of-sight, out-of-mind’ memory system (also new to me). Or is that just straight outta my mind? Still, I was good with mason jars now.

Strangely, I felt like scrapping and deleting the entire original Friday’s post?! Rather out of the blue. I mean, I worked so hard all week dedicated to sourcing favorites, photos, links, and I was at the polishing off step…was I crazy really now? …Anyway I rolled with it! I saved it for another day and followed through with the mason jar post. I thought, well I could always save it if I didn’t like it. My focus was effortlessly, just ‘re-adjusted’. I flowed through and published the “Link Day Friday (2)” post. ahhh! done and done ;) I was very pleased and set off to plan our evening.

We were to eat dinner, then go for a swim at the neighbours. We’ve both got rowdy children, that play very well together I might add. After LO got home from school (daycare) I headed to the bbq and to my surprise, within minutes, the weather had taken a turn for the worst! Enormous black clouds blanketed the sunny skies. The wind roughly tossed leaves off our ginormous maple and evergreens swayed in the harsh gusts of wind. A check on the weather network confirmed their Warning:  Severe Thunder Storms and Possibility of Tornado activity. “WHHAAT?” We don’t often get these warnings in my neck of Ontario, Canada.

I could feel the rush through my veins the excitement and fear from my childhood. It was a favorite pastime of mine to watch severe storms, filled with sheer terror with my Mother on our eleventh storey balcony. The sets of purple lightening hitting the earths from way up that high. We could see so much. I felt it ‘quality time’ then, growing up (with then an alcoholic mother). I appreciated and dreamt mainly of these moments into my teens.

This Storm wasn’t so lavish but, I caught a few seconds! (mind my voice and manners, not sure what i said there) Taken with Instagrams new video service. Take a look at our Instagram life here. First,
WATCH VIDEO:  Storm VIDEO 35 seconds what it looked like from my J9’s Instagram   (which I cannot guarantee will work either because of WP rules; but only 35 seconds long!)
At the exact secondthe video ends , there are screeches from my livingroom: A Power Outage, no doubt. Off to calm the children and collect the candles…45 minutes later and still, no power.

OK! Damn electricity: you win! * I HATE power outages! Entertaining any amount of children in the complete darkness, surrounded by fire hazards; is not fun for anyone. But, I do what I always do best, find the ‘lighter’ side of any situation!

Renewed, I announce, “the perfect time for uninterrupted quality craft time!” (normally I love craft time, just a little reluctant in no power). Also, I cant see. lol. Time to dig in the dark through the nearest craft bin: they’re all up high so LO cannot destroy…

I head for the closet, open the door, out flies the empty tins…really.

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You see!? This is God’s active sense of humor, in my personal experience… He just loves me.  ;)

I have soo many more but, what are the funniest times within your relationship with God? Can you share with us in a post? Re-Blog response? What does your active relationship with God look like in your life?

JayNine xoxo