|Not my photo, although it seems very familiar.|
I think of perks as those things that are truly the icing on the cake and undeserved or unexpected, like God's grace and falling stars. These are things that I really didn't expect to be part of my life, so they are the perks that come to mind today:
- Chili's: For me, Chili's represents the privilege of going out to eat and also is a piece of family tradition that dates back to good memories of dining at the first Chili's restaurant in Dallas, TX, way back in the day. In fact, I enjoyed a bit of the Chili's today for lunch with my first-born.
- Technology: Include smart phone, computer, iPod, cable TV, Netflix, Skype, internet research, online role-playing games, and even worship technology. I am not very patient with people who vilify technology outright. I do not use all of those things in any given day, or every week even, but I am grateful for the things, and the people, they bring into my life.
- Meaningful work: I can't say that my work is always my play, but darn close. The privilege is sharing faith and life and God together. The perks are the travel and the many, many people I would never have met otherwise.
- Corrective Lenses: In my case, bifocals. My life would be beyond fuzzy without them. No driving, movies, or being able to see my congregants' faces during the sermon.
- Being a grandmother: A grandchild turns out to be a serendipity that was/is totally out of my control to create or wish into being. Daniel (now 5 months), along with three amazing adult children and a wonderful son-in-law, are all fantastic perks of this time of life.