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Tuesday, August 12, 1997


Peggy McCracken

Keeping on moving
hard to do some weeks

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This was the week that was.

Looking for a column topic at the last minute, I picked up the "Entertainer" from Friday's paper, and there it was. The headline on a story about TV shows for the coming week said just what I was feeling.

All week, I put one foot in front of the other very slowly and deliberately, wincing at every step. Unable to concentrate because of some bug that laid me low, I stayed at home in bed most of the week - sleeping, reading or watching TV.

Not being a TV fan, I had no idea what kind of programs would be on during the day. And in an unusual lapse for him, my faithful husband had failed to rescue the Entertainer section before I threw away the stack of papers on our dining table. So I had to wing it.

I was surprised to find some classic movies on during the afternoon and enjoyed watching a couple of them. Most of the time, I located a second and maybe third channel with a pretty good program, so during commercials I switched from one to the other.

Mostly, though, I read. Went through the pile of books and magazines beside my bed and disposed of them. Then dug under the bed for some more magazines, read and disposed of them. Opened a new condensed book that came in the mail and started reading one of the four offerings in it. It is boring, so it works well for a "go to sleep" read when my mind doesn't want to shut off.

Every once in awhile, I gathered my feeble energies and completed some little task around the house and yard that I had put off due to time constraints. One of those was taking my box fan outside and blowing the dust out of it, then vacuuming my bedroom thoroughly. I know dust was aggravating my itching eyes.

Friday was my first full day at work all week long. And the last two hours were sheer torture. Only a full agenda that required moving one foot in front of the other kept me going to the end.

It's like that some weeks. But moving those feet, doing just one more little task, helps us forget the aches and pains. Just completing a task improves the outlook tremendously. And having "the week that was" every once in awhile reminds us to be thankful for all the days we feel good and can churn out the work.

"Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:31, NIV.

Peggy McCracken is an Enterprise writer and website manager whose column appears each Tuesday.

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