"A bend in the road is not the end of the road... unless you fail to make the turn."~ Unknown
I don't know if this has happened to you my friends but for me the last few weeks of the last month starting from Maundy Thursday has been like this. I was already in a mess and I was trying to gather my wits when I was faced with a more serious and troubling problem. My son had fallen sick......I know this is not something new for a parent and this is inevitable but he was running a high fever for a whole week and following that he had a horrible cough that would make him throw up the very little that he had stomached. So 1st week he was on paracetamol 4 times a day , the 2nd week he was on Antibiotics and on the 3rd he was found to have rotavirus infection. The once plump toddler was reduced to a skinner version. Three weeks of hell.....and then finally I began to see things more clearly.
I was faced with a situation that would or could change my life in the future for a long or short duration of time. Then I was faced with a situation that affected me in the present moment. I gave up worrying about the problem that had been bothering me.... the one that had no definite boundaries and for which I couldn't find any solution to and began to focus on my current and most important problem (my son's illness). My son's illness was a revelation to me of what is more important to me in my life (my priority). I realized that nothing is more important to me than my families health and happiness. My son and DH, were my number one priority and if I could care for them and their well being then the rest is just an added bonus.
We often stress about things that have no definite boundaries...things that could...and in doing so we fail to be thankful for the things that we have at present. And if we take a closer look at the problem that is bothering us we being to realize that this is nothing when compared to the problems that some of the people around us may be facing. But what to do we are only human and we are bound to react and act in ways we do.
What we need to know is that everyone has his/her own share of problems...while we stress about our home loans and car loans remember that there are those who are out there who are worrying about basic necessities like their next meal or where to sleep tonight. What we lack is gratitude.....we need to be grateful for the things we are, we have and our present and our past. And when faced with adversities try to be a coffee bean rather than an egg or a carrot (click here for story).