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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Grrr! (01/28/10)

TITLE: Work Happy
By Barbara Mahler
02/03/10


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“Help me Lord,” I prayed aloud as I unlocked the door to the building. “How am I going to deal with it if there is no heat in the office again this morning?” I continued.
A rush of anger became a full fledged storm within as I opened the door and felt the blast of cold air.
“Why me, God?” I asked for the umpteenth time. “Why do I work in a building with no central heat?” I questioned pulling my coat tighter around me. “It’s colder in here than it is outside - ‘Work Happy!’ - humph,” I scoffed. My own goal seemed to mock me. “It’s not fair,” I reasoned to myself as tears began to flow down my cheeks making me feel even colder. “The very least Heinrich should do is make sure the damn pellet stove works,” I heard myself exclaim.
The tears flowing down my freezing face made me aware that feeling sorry for myself would not solve the problem. I breathed another quick prayer, and decided that I was not going to act on my anger. I was instead going to work toward resolving the problem at hand – I was going to get the “stupid stove” working.
I found a bag of pellets in the warehouse a few hundred feet away, but quickly realized that it was too heavy to lift. Undaunted, I cut open the bag and scooped the pellets into a bucket a few pounds at a time, and dumped each load into the hopper.
“There that oughta do it,” I supposed. “Now – to get this thing running! All I have to do is push the re-set button.”
Push the re-set button I did – several times. At last! I could see sparks – the stove was running although it would be several hours before the office was warm enough to take off my coat.
With God’s help I had won the battle of my "Grrr" this day. I could continue striving toward my goal to ‘Work Happy’ – to not let circumstances over which I have no control dissuade me.


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Mary Knoll Santos02/04/10
Wow! I felt the cold and 'desolation'. Your heart-warming share of this short piece warmed and blessed my heart. God is faithful and always kind.
God bless you in your writing.

Ruth Brown 02/07/10
That's determination. Reminded me, God makes things possible.Well told.
AnneRene' Capp 02/08/10
You drew me in and I was right there with you. Got me thinking of what I would have done!