Tuesday, April 30, 2013

How to love the things we dread

Hello everyone! I have not written in a long time, I've had so much school work lately. Infact, my endless amount of school work is what inspired me to write this post right now. I was sitting there with so much to do that I dreaded the feeling of dreading my next classes tomorrow. Not that I don't like learning--I love it--I just don't particularly love going to class after class everyday. But then I thought, that is just ridiculous. I have access to an education right at my fingertips. Sure, I could criticize the school system all I want, but that's not going to change the fact that I have to go. In fact, the only thing I have control over is my reaction and attitude toward my responsibilities.

While I was dreading everything, I thought of something. As it often does, my vivid memories of hospital life crept into my mind, staring, almost glaring at me, saying are you kidding? And it's almost like the memories slapped me, reminding me that any child in the hospital right now dying of cancer or any other illness would rather be in school than dying in a cold hospital room. And I had to ask myself, would I rather be having a math test or a kidney function test?

It's so easy as humans to fall into a routine. Negativity is all around us, tempting us to whine about the little things. We should be thankful about the things we dread most. So, sure I could critize everything, but why would I? Instead of thinking every morning that I don't want to go to class, I will begin to think about this amazing opportunity at education, the opportunity to find out what I want to do, the fact that six adults showed up today for me. To teach me and perhaps even inspire me. That's pretty incredible.

So, I challenge you to really think about both sides of your daily responsibilities. Think about even the littlest of things: taking out the trash, making dinner, driving, being able to open the door. It's hard to remember all of those little things, even a little bit annoying to try to be grateful for everything, but I know we can all do it. We need to honor those that can't do all of those things.

1 comment:

  1. Great post! Thanks for sharing these important reminders about embracing all that we have in life. It's easy to forget how fortunate we are when daily life gets difficult.