And then one day Kerrie visited my house. She casually walked inside, only to find me buried in the midst of textbooks and papers and various other objects in my small living room. And as I looked around at what Kerrie was viewing--seeing everything through new eyes--well, I was filled with shame. And in that moment, I vowed to change. That will never happen again.
I well remember sitting "at the feet of Kerrie Schnell" and learning the ropes of organized housekeeping. She told me how she never went to bed without the living room picked up so that the first thing that greeted her in the morning was a clean house. When laundry came out of the dryer, she immediately folded it (I'm still working on that one). When she cooked dinner, she cleaned as she went so that by the time she served it, the countertops were clean. And dishes were done before she served dessert.
I soaked it all in and began to make changes in my life little by little. I'm by no means a Kerrie Schnell when it comes to housekeeping...but I am certainly better than those early days of marriage.
I have had other epiphanies throughout my life, of course--many more. I think I have had my share of pivotal moments that steers one's life in a slightly different direction. But I am grateful for those lessons. Oftentimes they aren't easy--they have a tendency to bring pain in their midst. But they bring growth and depth and a greater understanding of how to live life during our trek on this earth.
And I am thankful for that.