It was one of those mornings.
The alarm did NOT go off.
The number of hours of sleep did not come close to approaching the recommended need.
The left front burner on the electric stove cooks way hotter than it should...
so the tomato splattered all over my shirt, the turkey sausage burnt and the smoke alarm went off.
I've been setting some time every morning to read Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy and after the fiasco it already had been getting ready for work, I thought I should ditch reading and head to the office.
But this time of pause and prayer is important.
So I stopped.
The words washed over me and helped to slow down my pace.
Now, it really was time to go.
I got to work - only 9 minutes later than I'd hoped.
It was one of those days where I did not know what to do first, so I talked with my secretary for a bit to get oriented to the needs of the day - and made my list of things to do.
While it might not be a life lesson that is flashy or new, remembering to take 9 minutes to pray and 6 minutes to make a list made a huge difference to me.
That quarter of an hour was way better than one more cup of coffee.
I got back to center.
I checked those things off my list.
I found some simple abundance in the midst of the chaos of today.
I hope you do too.