Life Lessons

The boiled egg debacle

The egg

Well it turned out that after throwing a party for my husband, celebrating 2 of my sons’ birthdays and organising a Women’s breakfast all in the same week, it was an innocent boiled egg that was almost my undoing.

Oldest son needed a boiled egg for school yesterday. I diligently boiled the egg the day before. Placed it in a container surrounded by tissue and put it in the fridge for safe keeping. I was organised, and onto it. But in the fridge it remains, still.

In the rush of getting to work, the excitement of birthdays in the house, the egg was forgotten. That is until 1pm as I was buying, yes you’ve got it, eggs. Oh no! The stress and the panic. I rang the school to see if it was an afternoon activity and I could drop it off. Too late, the time had passed.

So I then just worried and fretted as to how it would have affected my son ( on his birthday). I imagined the tears of disappointment that would greet me as I met him after school. And what I would say to encourage him. I berated myself for forgetting the egg.

However, a happy, smiling son came running out of school holding an egg. Yes his teacher had spare ones. Interestingly too he was rather nonchalant about it, even to the extent of “oh I dropped it mum, it cracked” as he hopped into the car.

As I drove in my car today, the egg has remained in the holdall between the front seats where my son placed it. Cracked, slightly green from the dye that was put on it and forgotten.

I have glanced at it often today, reminding myself of the worry I got into over it. And it reminds me of how often we let worry steal our joy of the present. And how often the imagined outcomes that we worry about stay just that, imagined.

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”   Corrie Ten Boom

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:27)

As I write this the egg has been removed from the car and the other from the fridge but not before a lesson has been learnt. Don’t worry especially about the little things, especially about boiled eggs.


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