I couldn’t help but smile when I saw this photo of a student of mines, son floating in a pool. Yes, a young woman I use to coach in track and field is now a mother so that means she’s experiencing stupid spots like the rest of us.
Because we all know, you don’t recognize a stupid spot for what it truly is-early in life. Because before you have kids all that is stupid and silly is really endearing and absolutely cute and lovable. It’s only when you cross the line and become an adult of sorts that stupid spots are named and become the evidence that indicates you are not at all cute or silly but really dumb, illogical and stupid…in need of changing – immediately.
I myself am a purveyor of quite a few stupid spots.
And yesterday as I made my way to a very smart spot: a college campus to meet with the Dean I had a stupid spot attack.
Now the good news is stupid spots aren’t territories, regions or stupid entirely- just merely small regions within each of us that resist logic and reason and instead choose to act silly-repeatedly.
My stupid spots might be different from yours and they are definitely different from the lady sitting across from me currently in the coffee shop where I write Hope24Seven when I’m in Orlando. This woman has her feet out of her shoes inside this public java temple and her legs are crossed on laying on a public coffee she does not own, did not borrow and has no right to -entirely.
Now back to my stupid spots. Well I guess it depends on who you are talking to, but if I get to weigh in on the tiny regions within me that cause me to do the dumbest things I do consistently I’d have to say my ability to get lost at the drop of a hat even in my own neighborhood is one of my main stupid spots. I have a stupid spot around directions and a sense of direction in general. So yesterday right in the middle of a smart region in my consultant suit and with my professor attitude channeling on my way to meet with Ph’d's and Deans I had a stupid spot. I was driving in circles in Central Florida because I did the silly thing of not using my GPS and nearly suffered the consequences of being late had it not been for an act of grace.
Stupid spots. Thank God they are only tiny regions in each of us that resist being smart and normal like our friends and family. Now I didn’t tell you about my reluctance to use my blinker and that technically isn’t a stupid spot but an illegal one so maybe it would be better if I confessed that I do silly things like start the bath when I’m making dinner and this has been known to lead to a stupid burner left on or the silly bathwater spilling over onto the floor. …
But alas. You my friend, do not need proof of stupid spots, for you have your own…don’t you???? But fear not. They are only spots, tiny regions within an otherwise incredible, God created miracle…fear not!
After my meeting with all the smart Ph’d's and Deans I did the smart thing and plugged in my return address into my GPS and alas I didn’t suffer another stupid spot and end up acting all silly like on my way home. And who knows, I might even have pulled off smart and professor like yesterday but really we all know I’m just a girl, a woman who has quite a few stupid spots that keep her quite silly when it appears it might be more beneficial to be a little less stupid spotted and a lot more smart and normal like.
Oh Lord how thankful I am that you embrace all that is stupid inside of me and that lady over there with her feet on coffee shops coffee table. Thank you for filling me with so many stupid spots I hardly, well, mostly don’t get bugged by all the stupid spots in everyone else. Thank you for giving me so many stupid spots I could never possibly believe I was all smart and God like and elevate myself to judge and jury over other stupid spots and silly people. …