Having a Deja Vu Moment


I was talking with Deborah, my oldest daughter today and we were chatting about Chicago weather which was 95 degrees with 95% humidity yesterday and a balmy 78 today. She walks to work each day which is about a 3+ mile trip round trip. Needless to say it was more than sticky yesterday for her. None of this relates to the jlog I’m writing, but this was the start of our conversation.

Anyway during our interaction, she asked me what I was doing today. I told her that Nadine and I had taken a 5+mile walk and had eaten our breakfast. I then told her that I was going to watch as some workmen at our house were putting up a pergola on our back patio. It then hit me as to my deja vu moment.

Around 1976 we were living in Tampa, Florida. My late wife and I had a meeting over in St. Petersburg across the Tampa bay. St Petersburg is known as a retirement community where the cars go slower, people walk slower, and time begins to stand still. As we pulled into the downtown area, I noticed about 30 senior citizens standing and sitting around a construction sight looking at the building that was happening. I remember joking at the time that these old folks had nothing more to do but to sit and watch a building being built.

I was that person. I’m doing the same thing that I joked about decades ago with a bunch of senior citizens. On this journey, be careful what you joke about. You may in fact become the person you are joking about.

About James Gorton

I am happily married to Nadine, a person I've known for 20+ years. She and her late husband owned Airpark Auto Service where I took my car for years. Four years after my wife died we began dating and the rest is history. We have a blended family of 6 children between us and love visiting them across this country. We recently had our third grandchild between us. We love to hike, bike and ski. I am a psychologist and do relational life coaching for marriages and families primarily. I love what I do and never get tired of seeing marriages and families move to more healthy places in their lives. Five years ago my oldest daughter Deborah encouraged me to begin writing my thought into a blog I call my Jlog (Jim's log). I have become more and more passionate in connecting everyday experiences to spiritual truths. I hope that as you read my Jlog, you will gain insight into your personal life and experience true growth in your personal and relational life.
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