Just EGR.

It’s actually three little letters which are really good to remember. They will bring a smile to your face in the most trying of circumstances. I didn’t think them up. I got them from a Vlog I follow¬†Phil and Alex. They are really a fun family!

One day they were out and about and had a frustrating experience. “EGR” said Phil. Then both in unison they said, “Extra Grace Required!”

Extra Grace Required!

It’s such a good phrase to remember. Most of the time, when I get behind the wheel of my car, I inevitably am going to encounter some crazy driving (never me of course ūüėČ ). EGR. Ever since I have been bringing those three little letters to mind, it has jolted me back to the important things in life – GRACE being one of them. Wild taxis, cyclists riding three abreast, crazy driver jumping a red light – EGR.

And then there are other things. The case of the stale cheque comes to mind. Our medical aid sent us a cheque ages ago and it got overlooked. It’s for more than R900, so in November last year, I wrote a letter to them, explaining it was now stale and asking if they could replace it or deposit the money into our account.¬† I had posted the cheque and an accompanying letter into the claims box at the gym.¬†By the beginning of July, we had heard nothing. I decided to email them. ¬†I emailed them and attached a copy of the letter I had sent. In hindsight I should have scanned the cheque because now I don’t have a copy!¬† They wrote back asking for the date of the treatment, the service provider, the amount claimed and the amount paid out. The ¬†treatment was¬†years ago. I couldn’t find that information.¬† EGR. I was ready for a war, but¬†after another email or two, they seem to be happy to get it sorted using the cheque number. We will see what happens.

If I have EGR in the back of¬†my¬†mind and a crazy situation arises, I have this ‘aha’ moment – ‘this is an EGR time’. It makes sense then. I can deploy a strategy for keeping calm and offering extra grace. Instead of freaking out, I offer extra grace. When I’m inclined to be judgmental, EGR.¬† What a win!

#726 of my 1000 thanks is for EGR. I have been the happy recipient and I want to be a giver of grace.


Today has been a good day. I have run around a bit and Mike did on-site training in Paarden Eiland for most of the day and will be there for the rest of the week as well. I actually ironed his shirts for him. Is it 5 years since I last did that or longer? I cannot remember, but it definitely fits the donkey’s years category. It was fun! Three shirts once every half dozen years, I¬†can manage that.¬† Mike has a tankful of EGR to live with me!

Psalm 46:10

Be still and know that I am God.

These are the days!

Keep the smile going.

God bless you.

In His Grip,

Helga xx ūüôā


70 minutes on the bike = 30km.


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