Gems of Gratitude, Reflections

Today’s Gem of Gratitude #244

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Today I am thankful for roller-skating. A friend of mine invited me to go roller-skating with him and his children a couple of years ago and I accepted his invitation with enthusiasm and images of me gliding effortlessly around a pristine roller-skating rink flashing before my eyes. Something about the invitation to go roller-skating took me back to my childhood, when I used to attend school roller-skating parties and have the time of my life roller-skating, laughing, and spending time with my friends. Our roller-skating parties used to be the premier event of our little middle school lives. It was all that we could think of and would talk about for weeks on end until that day finally arrived, and then we would set our moves loose on that roller-skating rink, and for a couple of hours time stood still and life was perfect. I look back on those memories with fondness and a smile. Those really were the days.

So, I am pretty certain that you are wondering what happened after my friend invited me to go roller-skating a couple of years ago. Yes, I went. And yes, I did roller-skate, at least that is a very generous and considerate term to use when referring to what I actually did, at least initially that is. I am getting ahead of myself though, so let me rewind this a little bit. After the initial nostalgia and excitement wore off, it dawned on me that I had not even gone near a roller-skating rink in a number of years, let alone put on a pair of roller-skates and propelled myself across a smooth, wooden surface. What in the world was I going to do? A slight wave of panic descended on me and I felt my heartbeat speed up.

Needless to say I calmed myself down despite being bombarded with constant thoughts of “what if I fall and land on my behind, or worse, on my face?” running through my mind. By the time that I arrived at the roller-skating rink later on that week I had said a prayer and decided to leave it in God’s hands while hoping for the best. Thankfully, my friend and his children were very gentle and considerate with me. They took their time skating slowly with me around and around the roller-skating rink, even holding my hand on occasion, until I felt more comfortable, and even then they made it a point to stay close by. We all had a blast and attending that roller-skating event turned out to be one of the best times that I have had in a long time. #lovebythedrop

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