Fellow iPhone users know what I’m talking about. Every app on my screen for which I’ve allowed “push notifications” seems to mock me on a constant basis with a bright red circle hovering over the app with a number in it. The thing is, I hate numbers. Actually, I hate math. Numbers are kind of harmless. It’s kind of like how a person might hate watching Nascar but be OK to get behind the wheel of the family minivan. Still, I hate loose ends and seeing those numbers reminds me that something needs to be attended to.
For the past few months I have been taking a variety of painkillers to manage the recovery from my spinal fusion. In order to keep them straight I’ve kept a constant reminder or two or three open on my phone’s “reminders” app. So if I took a Valium at 8AM I would instantly reset the clock for 2PM. over the past few weeks I’ve been stretching it. 3:00 would come and go. Then 4:00, 5:00, etc. ultimately though I’d feel an onset of pain and reset the clock again.
Today I followed the advice of that disgustingly saccharine Disney song that also seems to mock me daily. I simply “Let it go…” And by the grace of God I made it through the day for the first time in over a year without… Ready for this?… Anything!
Take that, math! I hate you!
Praised be to God!