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Shattered Beyond Recognition

No, not me. My dish. My 20-yr old dish shattered on the floor today, beyond recognition. Embarrassing to admit, I forgot I had the dish in my hands. You know how women are. We carry every item at once to avoid going back out. I had grabbed the dish out of my car, as it had held the remnants of a quick breakfast this morning, and needed to be washed. With hands full and a distracted mind, I walked into my bedroom and without realizing, released my hold. SHATTER! The noise startled me, the number of shards surprised me, and the pile perplexed me. I had absolutely no idea what I had been holding that was glass, and I stood over the pile in confusion, for several moments. Nothing was identifiable. I glanced around the room, looking at the breakable items. Laptop was fine. Cell phone was fine. In the distance of my car to my bedroom, I had forgotten that I was holding a fragile item.

Interestingly enough, this bowl has been classified "break-resistant". Oh, you know the dishes I am referring to, the Corelle dinnerware sets that are thin, glass-like material but they never break when you drop them? They are the best! I googled it, discovering numerous fans of this product. One guy said:


Featured snippet from the web Corelle is almost unbreakable. It calls itself break-resistant and in numerous years of using it in apartments, camping and on Que Tal, I've only had one plate break and that was when I dropped a heavy skillet on it. And it didn't shatter — it just neatly broke in two.


Apparently, after 20 years, they do become fragile and easily broken, for that's how long I have owned these. Kind of reminds me of relationships - relationships with family, friends, children, spouses. We classify our relationships as break-resistant. However, they too age with time, and if we get distracted, we may lesson our hold. We get so comfortable with the being that we tend to stop the doing. We want our family to rescue us in time of need. Are we doing the same for them? We wait on our friends to reach out and invite us to places. Are we inviting them? We expect our spouses to feel important. Are our actions delivering that feeling for them? We want our children to show us respect. Are we treating them with respect? These are examples of doing that continues to cultivate our relationships. When these relationships shatter, we are shocked. Devastated. Confused. We simply do not understand how something we held so tightly is destroyed so quickly. Or was it really that quickly? We over-analyze and place blame on others. However, could distractions have caused us to lesson our hold, and the result be the broken shards? We all live the curvy life, including experiencing shattered relationships. Remind yourself to stop being and start doing. Be intentional with those important to you, lest you become distracted. --Chris

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