‘I know God won’t give me more than I can handle, I just wish He didn’t trust me so much!’ Why that saying by Mother Teresa on a colorful refrigerator magnet jumped off the shelves and into my cart; I don’t know. For some time, I thought it meant that God won’t send more lupus-related problems my way than I can handle; and the ones that I couldn’t? Why, I should turn them over to anyone who would listen.
Turning over my lupus-related problems to anyone who would listen seemed right at the time; and that became my ‘dump list.’ Sort of like my ‘bucket list! Well, my dump list was a list of people I could rely upon to listen to any lupus problems.
But then I noticed that the longer my ‘dump list’ grew, the fewer phone calls or the shorter the visits from those ‘friends’ became. Who wants a repeating role on the receiving end of complaints and on the giving end of support?
So, I resolved to put more emphasis on shortening that ‘dump list’ and ‘lengthening the ‘bucket list. Sure, I can’t physically do all the things on my ‘bucket list’ but I don’t have to moan about that loss to the world!
At first, not burdening all who came within earshot with all my woes was quite an adjustment, But I learned that the shorter the ‘dump list’ became, the fewer the flares, the intensity of the flares and the ‘bucket list’ has returned. “God’s in His Heaven, All’s Right with the World”