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Thanksgiving and Broken Mirrors

It all started during one of our frequent home remodeling projects last May.  We watch a lot (ok perhaps too much HGTV!) and decided that our guest bath was in major need of an update.

My husband, Robert, is a really talented handy man so he worked tirelessly to install new tile in the shower and on the floor.  I scoured the internet for the perfect light fixtures but the crowning point of the bath was to be a large (think 4’ x 5’) mirror that I had found at a local refurb shop.

As he finally wrapped up the project, it was time to hang the mirror.  We discussed having a local glass shop handle the install but figured that was crazy…we had tackled much worse!  So we called a friend to help hold it and got busy.

The install went perfectly and the final look was just what we had hoped.  We cleaned up the tools and went on to our next project outside.  A couple of hours later I came back in the house and stopped to admire the beautiful room we had created.  And then I noticed it…. a 2’ long crack across the mirror.

Of course I’ve heard all the old wives tales about breaking a mirror bringing 7 years of bad luck but can honestly say that I never bought into all of that.  I’m way too logical to get hung up on  superstition.

But after the luck we’ve had over the last 5 months, I’m beginning to believe there may be some truth to the folk lore:

  • We lost Uncle Duane. Yes he was 85 but the man was simply incredible and like a father to both my husband and I.
  • My mother-in-law is battling cancer.
  • We had to put our 14 year old cat “Milo” to sleep. (It’s crazy how attached we become to our pets!)
  • Robert found out he had a 40% heart blockage. Thank God for early diagnosis and treatment.  He’s doing better now.
  • I have had 3 surgeries to try to repair my long standing problem with Glaucoma. The first two were unsuccessful but fingers crossed it looks like the third one worked!
  • Robert began having pain in his hand and while we are still working through a diagnosis, at this point the doctor’s think he may have the early signs of Rheumatoid Arthritis.
  • It appears that I have managed to tear my rotator cuff. With everything else going on in our lives (and because of the horror stories I’ve heard!) I’m putting off surgery like the plague.
  • And just we recently had to replace the furnace in our rental house. While granted it was 15 years old, unexpected expenses just aren’t fun.

So what does all of this have to do with Thanksgiving?  In a word, Everything!

Sure 2015 hasn’t been overly kind to us…ok perhaps a little on the cruel side but we also managed to have some great things happen this year.

I guess it’s all a matter of perception, reflection and appreciation.

So as we approach Thanksgiving, what am I thankful for?   All of the usual things we are so blessed to encounter and perhaps take for granted.  Both of us are in great places at work; we have a beautiful home (thanks in part to all the ideas on HGTV!); and are surrounded by an abundance of great family and friends.

Oh and of course, I’m thankful that we’ve only got 6 ½ more years of bad luck from breaking that dreaded mirror.  I do hope the folk lore is wrong on this one!

How about you, what are you Thankful for this year?

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Kathi Miller-Miller is a sought after career specialist and author of “Your Journey from Fired to Hired.” Kathi draws on her 25+ years of success (and failures!) to offer her readers advice on topics ranging from dealing with a boss that drives you crazy to managing millennials...all in a light-hearted and easy to read style.

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  1. Carla

    Great Post.... Well, I mean the bad luck thing isn't so great! But you are right about perception. It's sometimes hard to see a silver lining when you feel like everything around you is falling down! It's important to focus on the small things, the happy times! Happy Thanksgiving Kathi. let's toast to good luck and many blessings coming your way in the coming year!

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    • Kathi Miller-Miller

      Hi Carla, you are SO right that perception is everything! None of us have to look far to find those who would trade places with us in a heartbeat. Thanksgiving wishes to you and your this holiday season.

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