In keeping with my promise to seek abundance this year, here’s my Abundance Photo of the Day… a pile of leaves.
This is two-part post, really.
The first part is this… on my walk home today I noticed the piles of leaves lining the sidewalks all along downtown.
It’s like the trees all got together and decided to drop all their leaves overnight.
By the time I arrived home I noticed the layer of leaves lining our own driveway and front lawn. They were so deep you could swim through them.
I’m not sure why, but this inspired me.
As I raked in the October sun I could feel my abs getting a workout. I’ve been looking into local gyms recently, but this raking was such a good workout.
I thought to myself, maybe I should just spend more time in the yard?
It would be good for so many reasons…. I get exercise, the yard gets tender loving care, not to mention it costs nothing but a little time and sweat.
Then a little child ran giggling down the sidewalk. He was dressed as Spiderman and his little Honeybee sister came giggling after. Not too long after that, what I can only assume were the miniature Honeybee and Spiderman’s parents walked by my raking with their stroller.
I smiled. They smiled back.
I continued to rake big leafy piles of crisp yellow leaves convinced I had discovered the world’s best workout. My abs were already tighter, practically ready for bikini season.
A leaf scraped against my ankle and I shook it away. But I could still feel it rubbing up against my sneaker. So I turned to look at my left leg and saw that IT WAS NOT A LEAF stuck inside my shoe.
It was a spider.
A big, black spider was burying between my anklet sock and my heel.
I yelped. No, I screamed. Really loud. And jumped. And threw my shoe and ripped my sock off my foot and ran to the front porch. While I was jumping and screaming I grabbed my other sneaker and tore the remaining sock off too.
For a minuscule second I thought about leaving my socks and shoes outside, not sure if the spider was somehow stuck inside one of them, but then decided against that plan. My shoes would become a spider nest if left them outside the front door.
Instead I turned my shoes upside down in the front entryway and proceeded to strip naked in the middle of the living room. I immediately tossed every article of clothing into the washing machine.
Then I took a bath.
A really long, hot bath.
As I sat in the bathtub, my skin still crawling from the sight of a spider creeping into my shoe, I remembered what I saw right before I felt the spider.
A little boy in costume giggling down the street.
In a Spiderman costume.
And then I laughed.
I mean really, this fear of mine is ridiculous. And I know it. I just can’t control it in the middle of an attack. The fear sneaks up on me just like the spiders do.
And it’s always THE WORST when I am sideswiped and have no warning. As much as I try, as much as I work on this fear of mine, it’s so hard to control when I don’t see it coming.
But today, in the middle of the bright afternoon sunshine, I should have known better.
As I soaked in the tub I made a decision.
I’ve got to join a gym.