Things could be worse

I felt terrible all night. My joints ache, my head is throbbing. There’s nothing worse than catching a cold and having a fever to go with it. I’ve been short tempered, ill mannered and just plain miserable. On days like this I’d like to go to bed and shut the world out.

Somewhere overseas a child whose home has been swept out to see is huddled under a blanket in a shelter. His parents are too terrified of a possible nuclear disaster to sleep. Every aftershock scares them, making them wonder if its the one that makes the reactors collapse.

In another place people are fighting for their personal freedom from a tyrant who has been in power for decades. Their wants, needs and beliefs get trampled beneath his tanks and warplanes. They want things others take for granted, the right to choose their own government, to be in control of their own lives.

Everyone has problems. I’m not belittling mine or anyone else’s. Just sometimes when we get overwhelmed by the things that are troubling us, we should stop, take a moment and think of how bad it could be. And maybe say a little prayer for those who are far worse off than us. I’m sure the world would be a much better place.

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2 Responses to Things could be worse

  1. All true, Jake. We are lucky to live where we do. If more people thought of others the world would be a better place!

  2. Arlene Morrell says:

    You are wise beyond your years…. We all should take a moment to COUNT our blessings.

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