It was late summer.  They start draining the lake that time of year in preparation for winter to reduce ice damage to the shorelines.  Time to pull the boat out of the water, clean it up and get it winterized. My youngest was going on an adventure with his father which my oldest had no interest in attending.  So, my 19-year-old headed up to our place in the mountains with my father and I for the weekend.  

Saturday morning was cloudy and damp from all the rain we had the week prior.  The forecast was predicting rain the next two weekends, so I really needed to get the boat out ASAP before the lake was drained too low to navigate.  We had gotten up early, reorganized the shed to make room for all the boat accessories and were ready to head to the lake.

Um, where’s the boat key? It’s not on the key hooks near the door where it’s supposed to be.  Who used the boat last?  Not me was the answer all around…  Ahh, my 16-year-old went out with his friends and my brother. 

Let’s call the little guy. 

Me: “Hey sweetie, where’s the boat key?”
Son: “I think in the Jetta.”
Me: “You have the Jetta there.  How is that going to help me here?
Son: “Love you…”

I let out a BIG sigh.  OK I think I have a spare key in my car.  There is a key in my console that has a floaty thing on it.  I really hope this is for the boat.  We drive 20 minutes to the dock and uncover the boat.  The moment of truth… a few deep breaths and we’re headed back to the house. It wasn’t the boat key. 🙈🙉🙊

I called my son again.

Son: “Yeah it’s not in the Jetta”.
Me: “Then where is it?”
Son: “Check the loft.”

Son of a Bees Wax!  Back to the lake…  

In a former life of mine I would have been like a lunatic. I would have been ranting and raving about the irresponsibility of my son. I would have been spewing curses left and right. 

The more balanced and inspired version of me today, took this all in stride.  I learned that I should search the premises when I can’t find something where it belongs, as I have two teenagers and a senior citizen living in the same quarters for the summer. 

I appreciated the fact that, because I didn’t have the key first thing that morning, by the time we actually got to the lake to get the boat out of the water. The sun finally broke through the clouds… 

We actually took the time to drive around and relax one last time before we had to leave. 

The three of us had fun soaking in the sun and taking pics along the way.  ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜

Life is good!  🙏 💝🙏

Love and Light to you all.



Written on 15 September, 2019



Dawn-Marie P. Dalsass, President of  Livelihood Spirit Balance is a Stress Management Maven. She’s a Stress and Anxiety Expert for Middle Managers. She started her career in Corporate America while she was in high school and worked her way up the ranks finding herself in middle to upper management for most of her corporate career. She loved what she did but along the way she battled stress, anxiety and depression. When work and life were more than she could handle she planned her suicide in detail. Fortunately, she didn’t go through with it when she saw her 2 little boys on her way to get a knife with a plan to end it all. It was in that moment that she vowed to pull herself together and begin a new journey.

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