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November 10, 2011

On The Bright Side – Mary Howell – November 9, 2011

Filed under: Mary Howell — Freddie Keel @ 6:19 am

On The Bright Side

Mary Howell


More than twenty-five years ago, I wrote an On The Bright Side article about just spinning wheels.  Although the column has been long-lost somewhere in my storage house, the subject came to mind when I was trying to think of something to write about this week.


I am sure that many of us have had times in our lives when we felt as thought we were just spinning our wheels.


Life has a way of taking us on many different kinds of rides.  Sometimes, we feel like we are as a roller coaster.  At times we feel like we are on a tilt-a-whirl.  Our rides may be bumpy and give us a few jolts.  Other times we feel like life is standing still and we are just spinning our wheels.  I am sure that school students sometimes feel that they are spinning their wheels when they are required to take subjects like Algebra or Geography.


Workers may feel like they are just spinning their wheels when they do their jobs the best they can but are not rewarded with a promotion.


Friendship and marriage partners may feel that they are in a rut when their relationship no longer make them happy.


“Just spinning wheels” reminded me of a funny incident that happened several years ago while my Dad was pastor of a church in Hemphill.  My Mother and I made our usual Sunday morning rounds to pick up friends who did not have a ride to church.  It so happened that Hemphill had been blessed with about ten inches of rain that week!  When Mother stopped to pick up Miss Mae Mays who lived on a muddy road, our car got stuck and the more Mother spun the wheels, the deeper we got in mud.  When someone came to pull our car out, the whole wheels were buried up to the bumper and the car was sitting on top of the mud.  It took several men to push the car out of the mud.  It took several years for Mother to live down that muddy Sunday morning.


Although we get stuck in ruts and feel like we are spinning wheels, let us not forgot to keep going and to live each day on the bright side.


November 9, 2011


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