Last week two of my posts were on rats. One I learned to love and one that did some destruction. This week I’m still on the rat theme because it ties into another lesson in life.
In truth I learned this lesson a long time ago but I’m now witnessing it our life again. The lesson was long ago discussed by Lao-Tse. The philosophy is that it is your perception of something that makes it good or bad. Your perception is what taints the experience because life is always good. Believe me there are days I question this philosophy but it is a valid theory that often holds together.
I have witnessed things that seem tragic or the worst occurrences being used to bring knowledge or the best thing possible into a life. Here is a recent example to give you a clearer image of this theory in practice.
Last week a rat built a nest in my husband’s car. He went out to start it and the car didn’t start. My husband saw the rat run away when he lifted the hood and saw the nest. He caught the rat the next day.
My husband drove my car to work and something happened and it was then in need of engine repair. I had to get the old reliable ’1982 car started at 11:00 at night to go rescue him. We were now down to our emergency car to share between us.
We worked together and arranged our schedule so we could both complete our scheduled work and agendas. In both incidents we worked together as a team and proved to be help mates to one another.
This weekend my husband set out to fix his car to get us back to two car status and while working on it; discovered his fuel pump was leaking. He probably wouldn’t have detected this without the rat so the rat is now a good rat instead of a bad rat.
This also worked out for me as well since my spouse decided that making compost out of our vegetables might entice rats to come eat so he told me we were going to get earth worms and feed them the scraps. I had mentioned this desire over a year ago but it went on deaf ears as not something that was needed. I was really glad we were going to get the worms so the bad rat turned into a good rat for me as well.
So was the experience a bad experience? No because more than one good thing came from it. The experience reinforced the knowledge to my husband and I that we were good team workers and always there for one another.
We found a mechanical problem that could have been major if not discovered.
It wasn’t me out on the roads at 11:00 at night calling for a ride (okay that was selfish but I am thankful for that)
And we get to be the proud owners of earthworms….something I’ve wanted for a long time now.
Bad Rat, Good Rat? It is all in how you look at it.