Getting Ahead: ‘Daily interruptions’

By John G. Pfeifer - Religion Writer

There is hardly a day goes by that I do not experience a phone call that changes my day. I must admit that it can be an irritation if I do not control my initial reaction. If I do not control my immediate frustration, the tone of my voice would give the caller the impression that I was irritated at them.

When that happens I have punished the messenger who is almost always innocent in the matter. I have gotten a lot better at taking things as they come because I realize that flexibility is a virtue. If I flex with the situations that pop up, I will not break. If I do not flex, I break. When I break, I am disabled and cannot deal with the matter at hand. If I deal with it I find that it almost always is very quickly handled and it turns out to be no big deal.

Even on the very best day we deal with many things that are interruptions. Things that are not of our making like someone who does not immediately move when the light turns green and we are in a hurry; or when the cashier cannot get someone’s credit card to work when they are in the express lane with an entire cart full if items. We all know that we do not live in a perfect world full of perfect people, so why do we get irritated when they’re not perfect?

Do we really expect everything to go our way? Are those interruptions just something that shakes us out of our routine? Are we better off if nothing ever changes? Why can’t the interruption be something that we welcome? Do interruptions have to ruin our day?

These and other life questions will be addressed Sunday morning as “The Gathering Place Family” meets at 240 Courthouse Parkway in Washington C.H. for Bible Study at 9:30 and in the lobby at 10 a.m. for our Pre-Service Connection where we enjoy coffee, juice and donuts. Our Worship Service and Children’s Church then begins at 10:30. Come at 7 p.m. and be part of our Wednesday night Bible Study and Children’s Ministry.

By John G. Pfeifer

Religion Writer