Who Took My Magic Mouse?

After a semi-tragic event at work, I learned something about myself yesterday. Details outlined below.

Here’s the deal. After working from home on Wednesday, I got into the office and found my laptop’s mouse to be missing. I was distraught. I was hurt. Who would do this to me? It’s a simple device, yet one that helped me be so much more capable while in the office.

I was lost without my Magic Mouse. Seriously, for a good part of the morning I had to revert back to my “old ways” and use my MacBook’s trackpad to maneuver around. I know, entirely primitive.

While I did end up finding it in one of the conference rooms after lunchtime, I never found out who the culprit was. After some serious situational reflection (okay, not really), I did realize one thing: in my job, it really did help with my productivity.

That one unornamented device played a huge part in my daily routine. It was under-appreciated, but entirely influential.

What other parts of my life often go unnoticed, yet prove to be extremely beneficial?

Electricity.
My wife.
God’s grace.

Every day I rely on the steady presence of incoming power. It has proved to be pretty reliable in my life.
Every day my wife selflessly serves our family. She takes care of the children and makes our house a “home”.
Every day God extends His grace to me. I try to earn it, but then He shows me it is unmerited and undeserved on all counts.

What ‘area’ of your life could use a little expression of gratitude?

 

53 Comments

  • Michael

    May 20, 2011

    My glasses for sure.

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  • mo

    May 20, 2011

    I’m quite healthy, and have never had any major issues up till now. No back problems, head problems, skin problems, whatever. I take that for granted, definitely.

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    • mo

      May 20, 2011

      of course with all the pie I eat, this may change soon. hehe.

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      • Dustin

        May 20, 2011

        or in my case, root beer floats :-/

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  • Arny

    May 20, 2011

    gee…i just got comfortable using the trackpad and have never thought of using a mouse for my laptop…does that make me primitive reall? lol…

    I take my bed for granted…last night my little girl had a nightmare…and my son woke up from her crying…they both jumped into bed with wife…and i went to the couch….and my neck went ouch….

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  • Moe

    May 20, 2011

    Love me some mighty mouse. I do however, love the touchpad in my MacBook air much better. Multitouch and awesome gestures. Too bad I come to work to an “IBM” mouse. puke!

    What do I take for granted? Health and wife. Yup, I should be more thankful for both.

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    • Dustin

      May 20, 2011

      puke for sure!

      upgrade to the “magic”, promise you’ll like :)

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  • Rob Shepherd

    May 20, 2011

    My cell phone. I HATE it! The Droid is slow and the buttons on it are too small for my fat fingers to text. My job pays for it and I’ve been trying to be thankful for it.

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    • Dustin

      May 20, 2011

      my work comps mine as well…. i’m very thankful for that!

      and lol, i got fat/stubby fingers as well!

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  • Donald Borsch Jr

    May 20, 2011

    My personal Bible. It has put up with all my questions, my highlighting pens, my endless notes scribbled in the sides. It has been a faithful servant and guide.

    Props to The Word. Word.

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  • Keri

    May 20, 2011

    Oh, man, convicting post! :)

    I definitely take my husband for granted. He’s a really hard worker, dedicated to his job, and comes home every night with a happy face ready to tackle the boys. He’s always willing to share his struggles out of humility, even when no one else is honest about their own. Thanks for making me think on this, Dustin.

    Oh, one more thing I take for granted: the health of my boys. I am so blessed that even though my kids have each had their own little mishaps and scary stories, they are still extremely healthy and developmentally on track. I have to remind myself of that when I’m having a rough day! :)

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    • Donald Borsch Jr

      May 20, 2011

      Keri,

      For you to esteem your covenant husband and father of your children is amazing.

      A man who finds a wife (like Keri) finds a good thing, indeed!

      You have earned my respect, Keri. Truly.

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      • dustin

        May 20, 2011

        I agree with Donald- that is a great thing to read. Thanks for sharing!

        I also take for granted how healthy our girls have been.

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        • Keri

          May 21, 2011

          Aw, shucks. Thanks, boys. :)

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          • Donald Borsch Jr

            May 21, 2011

            Keri gets the comment award! Woo-hoo! (applause, applause, applause)

            ((Comment of the day belongs to @popparables. Thanks, Keri! | #AbrahamChronicles http://bit.ly/l2ils6))

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            • Keri

              May 21, 2011

              Waves hands in the air…audience roars across the greater United States. hehehe

              Thanks, Dustin. Now, I should probably take this a step further and show my comment to the hubs, eh?

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  • Tom

    May 20, 2011

    Great thoughts and needed today. I have failed to appreciate my wife over these past 23 years. Unfortunately there are consequences.

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    • Dustin

      May 20, 2011

      you’re welcome, tom. thanks for stoppin bro!

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  • Kyle Reed

    May 20, 2011

    my headphones, baristas and my little moleskin notebook.

    Oh and everyone I come into contact with. They inspire me each and every day

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    • Dustin

      May 20, 2011

      excellent list, kyle. agree with everything you’ve listed!

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  • Adam

    May 20, 2011

    My wife, mine and my family’s health, and freedom.

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    • Dustin

      May 20, 2011

      Go give her a hug tonight, k Adam? :)

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  • Mark

    May 20, 2011

    Great post!

    I would first like to suggest that from now on- you call your mouse the “Anointed Mouse”. “Magic mouse” evokes images of effeminate wizards with limp wands and outdated hats. Also, nobody would dare have the audacity to steal, or borrow an Anointed Mouse! Remember Uzzah and the Ark of the Covenant? Yeah, you feel me now! Try it out…the worst that could happen is a little downsizing of some office Riffraff:->

    “What ‘area’ of your life could use a little expression of gratitude?”

    I would say my parents/family. They have always been so supportive of me and I have never really articulated that to them.

    Blessings,

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    • Donald Borsch Jr

      May 20, 2011

      LOL! If someone other than Dustin tries to take the Anointed Mouse, they will burst into flames! LOL! Rock on!

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      • Dustin

        May 20, 2011

        Mark, my parents have always been there for me as well. I echo what you have to say.

        As for my new anointed mouse…. We’ll see what happens on Monday when my coworkers try to “use” it. BAM! :)

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  • Michelle

    May 20, 2011

    Too many to name here – but I do take for granted that my kids are really much better behaved than most public school kids. I take for granted that they help me or want to be around me. Most 12 year olds aren’t really into being around mom. But mine are. I take for granted the fact that I get to be home with them…so many more I could name though for sure.

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    • Dustin

      May 21, 2011

      that is awesome. i want me girls to “want to be around me” when they’re older as well!

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  • John

    May 20, 2011

    I’m right there with you on the grace thing. I don’t appreciate it like I should , then worry that I won’t receive it much because of my lack of appreciation for it. How nuts am I??

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    • Dustin

      May 21, 2011

      Not nuts. Let’s just accept it all together…. k, John? :)

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  • Joseph

    May 20, 2011

    Most definitely the fact we live in the freest country of the world. And my wife. I need to express the fact that she’s awesome more often.

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  • Jon

    May 20, 2011

    My family, my bed, water, the ability that I have to worship God so freely.

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    • Dustin

      May 21, 2011

      sweet, thanks for sharing jon!

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  • Luther

    May 20, 2011

    I really am grateful for three healthy kids. Nothing like the fam!! I also am grateful that God has chosen to bestow His grace upon me….I am so udeserving.

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    • Dustin

      May 21, 2011

      great! i’m with you on both of those, luther.

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  • ThatGuyKC

    May 21, 2011

    Now I kinda want to go buy a Magic Mouse for my MacBook Pro… :)

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    • Dustin

      May 21, 2011

      it’ll rock your world, KC!

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  • Alex Humphrey

    May 21, 2011

    definitely my desk. I kind of trash it sometimes, but without it I would be totally unorganized and stressed. I have tried to work from the couch, from the kitchen, in bed, etc – but in the end my desk is a place where I feel I can work. Without it I struggle.

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    • Dustin

      May 21, 2011

      it’s like your special productive place. love it!

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  • Jason Vana

    May 21, 2011

    I admit it – I was the one who took your mouse.

    *Midwest Ninja*

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  • David Miles

    May 22, 2011

    My wife. No doubt about that. She works really hard to support me, take care of our daughter and create a loving home. Not to mention the fact that she works full time as well.

    Major props to my wife. She’s incredible.

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    • Dustin

      May 22, 2011

      Seems like our wives are the underappreciated heroes of our homes. We need to start fixing that! :)

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  • Larry Hehn

    May 22, 2011

    Last year a water main burst near our house, and we were without water for 30 hours. No showers, no flushing toilets, no drinking water, no laundry, no washing dishes. It was a nightmare, and that was only 30 hours! It was very humbling to realize that billions of people don’t have access to clean running water, and to me 30 hours without itwas such a hardship.

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    • Dustin

      May 22, 2011

      Oh man, Larry I can imagine that being a humbling experience. We forget about how much we rely on unseen things like that. Makes you appreciate organizations like Charity:Water.

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  • Cindy Holman

    May 22, 2011

    Great post! I think for me it’s got to be regular breathing in and out – without a stuffy nose. It’s allergy season BIG TIME in Seattle and without my neti-pot and prescription nasal spray I’d be a goner. My husband is a ‘graceful’ person to me in so many ways – and just one is that he puts up with my allergies! It’s funny how we take so many things for granted until we don’t have them.

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    • Dustin

      May 23, 2011

      definitely! thanks for sharing, cindy.

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  • Jonathan Pearson

    May 23, 2011

    Provision. God has provided greatly for my wife in I in the past few weeks!

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