Getting a thump on the head~
God never fails to reach down a lovingly "thump" me on the head when I am having a bad day, to remind me that "my" bad day, would be a good one for someone else. What do I mean by that you ask?
Well-just as I was bemoaning having a sinus headache for the 3rd day in a row, my longtime friend of 34 years called to tell me her mom is having emergency surgery today; it could take 15 minutes, or 6 hours; it could be fairly easy, or somewhat complicated. I quickly snapped back to reality-the reality being I have it so easy compared to others in my life right now.
My 81 year old mother is recovering from a broken hip, and my sister (who is her caregiver) decided to move her home from rehab-so she can get better care, and more one-on-one attention. My mother has Alzheimer's disease, and is still very fortunate in that she could still do many things for herself. And once she recovers she will be able to do those things again; taking care of her personal hygine, dressing herself, feeding herself, bowling :-), watering the flowers and tending to them as lovingly as she does.
I have a good friend who has been battling cancer for many years, and is exhausting all the options, while her husband was also recently diagnosed with cancer and is in treatment daily that takes him away from their home.
Many people in my life are suffering, whether it be emotionally, physically, mentally and/or spiritually. There are many people I don't know personally who are suffering; a 17 year old young man while on his vacation suffered a sever spinal cord injury, a young woman lost may limbs to a flesh eating bacteria, a husband who's wife was swept out to sea on a diving trip-never to be found, people struggling with spousal abuse-and not being allowed to see their children, families fighting for the right to parent their children in a marriage which others condemn, young war heroes who do ot return from the war alive, or do so missing limbs and their independence because they were willing to fight for US. So you see, in the grand scheme of life, I am richly blessed. And this is not a statement to be bragging, but one in which I challenge you to take a closer look at your life and the blessings all around you that you do not realize are there.............everyday. It's sobering and humbling for me to do this, and makes me ashamed that I could ever even begin to feel sorry for myself. I woke up today, I was able to rise from my bed on my own, feed myself, and go to work. I challenge you to find your blessings, Thank God (or whomever you feel is responsible) for them, and look for a way to bless someone else.
Originally written August 1st 2012 just now being published.