I don't know if you are aware of this, or if you remember this, Company, but I once officiated a wedding. Big Dave and Company was in its infancy then, and I wrote all about it. You can read that here. And here. Well, this past Saturday I was supposed to officiate another one. I got all ready to do so. I had my suit cleaned. I wrote some words in a book. I even made a call to a friendly local county clerk regarding the marriage license. I know, I am impressed with my grown-up-ness and level of preparation too. I was just determined that if something went awry it wouldn't be because of me. I don't want to ruin wedding day.
Unfortunately the wedding was canceled, and in an instant Wedding Day became Just Another Saturday. Well, I am sure that it wasn't just another Saturday for the poor families and people who were involved, I am sure it was a very different kind of Saturday for them. I am not going to go into the circumstances that led to the cancellation, even though I REALLY want to and I know that it would be golden, but regardless I just sort of can't imagine what those people are going through on this what was supposed to be a special day. (Editor's Note: I know that many of you know the circumstances behind the cancellation, Company, but out of respect if you try to tell the reasons in the comment it will be erased so don't bother.) I am sure that it wasn't just a great day.
For me though, the suddenly out of work even though I wasn't getting paid minister, it became just another Saturday, it was suddenly and unexpectedly and sort of happily free and wide open. And I have to admit, it was an awesome feeling. I love it. That sort of feeling that there are no obligations and all you have to do it whatever you want to do. It's neat. It's fun. It's liberating. I had a great day doing whatever I wanted to do. I would highly recommend it if you get the chance. And I would advise you to not waste it. Don't spend it doing chores. Don't spend it writing your thesis paper. You had that time budgeted for something and now it's just a blank slate, waiting to be created upon. It's like an unprecedented opportunity. So have at it. Enjoy. Do something for yourself. I mean, it's just another Saturday, right? Oh no, it's so much more.