Winning by Losing

I once read a book written by a rabbi about winning by losing. This is what I'm hoping to gain by my experience today.

You see I started out the day pretty much the same way, with my oatmeal, honey and muesli combination. But I thought, maybe I should taste what I purchased from my friend. Some dried fish from Pangasinan, (around 3-4 hours from the capital).

The dried fish, called "Pinkas" was crispy and had just the right saltiness but then, something was really hard. I spewed it out and thought nothing else of it.

A few minutes later, I felt as if bits of the fish were lodged in my tooth. I was fiddling around with it, unbeknownst to my family who were happily eating their breakfast. Then, I had a horrific thought. Maybe my tooth got chipped off!I looked in the mirror and realized that it had indeed been cut in two but could not be seen from the outside (thank you God!).

So how do I, pray tell, make this into a "winning" situation?

If you didn't know it, I'm a Christian, a Catholic, and yesterday was Ash Wednesday, the start of the Lenten season. It's a time of extraordinary grace that the church observes. It's when we opt to have less of the things we normally enjoy and more of God.

In this case, I'm having less of my tooth!

While I was in the dentist's chair later on in the day, I kept thinking of offering up my indignities and dull pains instead of complaining as a way of growing in character during this season! Enduring a root canal is quite an unusual way of praying I suppose but I think it's a fitting way of winning the war of impatience, grumbling and ingratitude.

Hope you like my Cracked Collage to commemorate this day!

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Calej lives in Japan with her husband. She designs and doodles for a living.

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