Wednesday, March 9, 2011

It's All Relative

Been stressing a lot recently. We think about traffic, lateness, not eating one meal, work, homework, yard work, frustration with every tiny little thing in our lives.

Good friend of mine, co-worker, said he was sitting in traffic the other morning, and not happy. I know me, I HATE traffic. It takes me from Green to Red in 10 seconds sometimes, especially if I need to be somewhere, or if I'm grumpy, it just makes it worse.

But the cause of that particular traffic incident, which was cars stopped on the freeway, was two fatalities.

Traffic doesn't seem so bad anymore, especially considering two people won't be going home today.

When those frustrations feel like they're adding up, count your blessings, they truly are all around you. Just as easy as it is to find things wrong with the world, wrong with life, unfortunate with our situations, it's just as easy to find thing beautiful with the world, things good in life, things would she consider ourselves fortunate to have or to be a part of.

Blessings are within each day. It's only a matter of whether or not you're willing to accept the fact that they are there, and that they can be found.

Happiness is a choice. It really is. It's a gift if we pursue the choice, but if you don't want to be happy...you don't have to be.

Just a brief though to remind everyone of the things I have to remind myself every day. Because it helps. You just want to break down, to cry, to pound your fists and say why me, and then you remember we're not living in Libya. Or Egypt. Or the Middle East, and that we have roofs over our heads, food on our table, and clothes on our back. Those are three simple things we have without giving it a second thought. Because we don't have to stress about the necessities, we're able to stress about the unnecessary things...like traffic.

It's all relative.

You're alive. It's a beautiful day. You've got it better than half the rest of the world. Honestly? We should be happy to sit in traffic.

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