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  • Writer's pictureDiane Dassing


November is a great time to talk about change. You see it happening right before your eyes. Leaves on the trees change from green to a multitude of colors from the Creators’ paintbrush and then within weeks they fall to the ground, leaving the trees limbs barren. We experience the change in the weather. Temperatures drop, and it is officially sweater weather which I happen to enjoy! For my gals who are having their “personal summer” moments, this time of year was genuinely designed for you!

Retail stores are putting up holiday decorations. Colors of orange, yellow and brown for fall harvest and Thanksgiving, to red and green for Christmas. Decorated trees are a plenty-already! I am glad that I haven’t heard any yuletide carols yet, but I know it won’t be long. Family get togethers are in the planning stage. Shopping lists are forming. Gifts are being considered for friends and loved ones. Menu planning- and food, food, food!!! We all know it’s that time of year. The whole season can be looked at with a ho-hum- drum kind of attitude OR we can enjoy this season. Greet the season with a change of attitude.

“Attitude is the difference between and ordeal and an adventure.”- author unknown

I understand that holidays are difficult for many people, including yours truly. I want to take a moment to encourage you to look towards the coming months with an anxious anticipation of the adventure that awaits you. Tomorrow is not promised to any of us. Each day that you open your eyes to new day, look at it as an opportunity to seek something unexpected.

About 3 weeks ago I received a letter in the mail that informed me that my Primary Care Physician was leaving the practice. It wasn’t shocking to me as I have collected several of these letters throughout the years. I thought to myself “I should give him a card, he really has been so kind to me,” and I went about my day. As I was doing a few errands this morning, it dawned on me that my doctor’s end date was close. Very close. I ran into Osco and read through cards trying to find the right one, reading the sentiments through tears which is difficult, I might add. I called the doctors office and the nurse said, “Doctor will be here until 11:00 and it’s his last day.”…. UGH

I had 20 minutes. If I break the sound barrier, I can make it. I was determined. I heard a few horns honking and I’m sure a few semi drivers will never be the same, but I made it! Together, we walked to a treatment room and he talked to me as a friend rather than a patient. Even though he’s a doctor, he works for someone else who can say you’re hired, or you’re fired. He shared his concern for his family and the holiday and whatnot. He told me he is looking for a job. It was …..unexpected. I got teary eyed, did a nervous laugh thing and said I was surprised that I’m all emotional. He teared up too. He gave me a hug, thanked me for the card and said it meant a lot to him that I did that.

I hadn’t planned on any of this when I got up this morning. I felt persuaded to connect with a person who was helpful to me. I followed the urge to go give a card to someone who needed encouragement.

I have shared openly of my love for Jesus with Doc. Though we are not of the same faith, the following verses from a song have deeply touched my life.

“Help me to love with open arms like You do, a love that erases all the lines and sees the truth. Oh that when they look in my eyes, they would see You. Even in just a smile, they would feel the Fathers love.”

Expecting the unexpected~ Diane

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