How Messy Is Your Life?

After two days of incessant downpour, I woke up to drier conditions this morning so laced up my running shoes and hit the country roads around our village. The route was 4.3 miles on paper but I think I ran nearer 5 in the end due to the number of cow pats I had to circumnavigate during one section. A farmer must have been moving cattle between fields and hadn’t got round to cleaning the road yet. Or not before yours truly blundered through it, anyway.

It was a veritable bovine minefield but I slithered and sashayed my way through it without any mishaps. There wasn’t a cow to be seen and I pictured them watching from an adjacent field as the silly human staggered past. What’s more I had to negotiate the various cow pats again on the way back. Worry not, though, I didn’t have my phone with me so there is no photographic evidence of my adventures. Nobody need throw their breakfast in the bin.

We encounter unexpected minefields every day of our lives as we struggle through the day. How we deal with them is part of said life. Do we skid to a halt and retrace our steps or try and find an alternative route to our designated location? Do we grind to a halt, fold our arms and wait for the friendly farmer to arrive with his power hose? Or do we make the best of a bad lot and pick our way through the messy business of the day, treading carefully and hoping for the best?

I’ve stood in my fair share of metaphorical cow pats in the past and ended up with much more than egg on my face. We all have but that’s how we learn, part of the learning experience. If we continually turn and run away from risk and challenge we will surely miss out on the very best parts of our lives. Life is to be lived, the messy parts as well as the smooth sections. Wishing you all a great day, wherever you are.

Published by Fractured Faith Blog

We are Stephen and Fionnuala and this is our story. We live in Northern Ireland, have been married for 17 years and have three kids - Adam, Hannah and Rebecca. We hope that our story will inspire and encourage others. We have walked a rocky road yet here we are today, together and stronger than ever. We are far from perfect and our faith has been battered and bruised. But an untested faith is a pointless faith. Just as a fractured faith is better than none at all. We hope you enjoy the blog.

22 thoughts on “How Messy Is Your Life?

  1. I think after reading this, you made me realise that all the small things that we do in everyday life actually teach us on how to approach the bigger picture in life. (If only we look further) I mean sometimes we feel lost when we think of the bigger picture or the ultimate milestone. But the answers are always there right in front of us.

    I hope I made sense😂 Thank you!!

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  2. As always, an inspirational post. I grew up around cows and animals. I’ve stepped in a lot of patties and pies. And generally-speaking, poo of all kind. Yep, I just have to change the shoes, devise a new plan with new knowledge (I guess I’ve gained a wee bit of wisdom through my poo-tracking), create a new path sometimes, and just keep going! Sounds like a beautiful run my friend. 💚


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