Putting it into perspective

by Lindsay on September 17, 2010

in Attitude

This morning was just one of those mornings. I made the mistake of staying up until 2 in the morning last night reading a book that I just can’t seem to put down. As a result, I pressed snooze on my alarm no less than 7 times. After it went off for the last time, I had given myself 20 minutes to get ready for work, I groggily stumbled around trying to put myself together and make my breakfast and lunch. It’s also that time of month for me which usually brings debilitating pain. This month was no different.

I was finally prepared to walk (well, crawl) out the door when I realized I didn’t know where my wallet was. I called my best friend in tears – mostly crying from the pain I was in, though I think she thought I was crying about my “lost” wallet. As she was doing her best to calm me down, I was flitting about my apartment looking for the blasted thing. Finally, I checked my bag. For the 9th time. And guess what? It was there.

But finding it didn’t cheer me up, no. I was wallowing into the phone about loathing my job, being in so much pain, wishing I could just take the day off, blah blah blah. Basically, I was just bemoaning my routine life and the fact that on days like this, I still have to go to my hum-drum job. When I finally got into work, I read my email from the Universe.

You know, almost anything you feel you “have to” do, like cleaning and washing, can become a chore, even a drudgery; while those things that remain optional, like Disney World and Twister, can seem far more inviting, even fun.

So, Lindsay, as you go down the path of life, particularly when it seems you must force yourself through the motions, it just may help if you pause and give thought to the countless souls who’d give most anything for the option of even your “chores.”

That certainly put things into perspective for me. My life is so privileged. I live in a country that gives me so much freedom to be me and make my own choices. I have a job. I have a family who loves me. Friends who are like family.  I have a home. Every day, I have enough to eat. I have good health. I am blessed.

Do I have reasons to complain? Sure I do! Everyone does. But if I consider what I went through today, it is so very minor compared to the suffering some people on our planet endure every day. Reading that message from the Universe is just what I needed to hear today. So today, I will practice gratitude. I will reach my hand out to someone less fortunate than me in some way. And I will smile and embrace life with open arms and a happy heart.

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{ 4 comments }

edgeofthevillage September 19, 2010 at 2:06 am

Very nice realization and the message. Gratitude will open up EVERYTHING to you.

jenieros September 29, 2010 at 7:23 am

i agree. we should always be thankful for every blessing that comes our way no matter how little or insignificant it may seem to us. oh, funny, the morning story is very, very familiar. :)

Lindsay October 7, 2010 at 4:28 pm

haha – glad I’m not the only one! 😉

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