It occurred to me, as I was reading the headlines this morning, just how lucky I am. I have a roof over my head and enough food to eat. I have a job and a loving boyfriend. (Believe me, he puts up with a lot.) I have family close by and friends near and far. I have use of all four limbs and my hearing and eyesight. I have it good.
I am often quite hard on myself, but, the truth is, when comparing myself to others (which I shouldn’t do — I know, I know), I only look to those I consider my betters. Those with more money, more life experiences; those who have things “all figured out,” those I consider better looking. I forget to check myself and look at all of humanity and just how many people out there I can help, or would, or should.
I recently saw a video about Syria. Here in the States, it’s easy to forget how difficult life circumstances are elsewhere. But even that isn’t true. There are plenty of Americans who struggle, too. I have a friend who is a teacher in Baltimore. Her every facebook post reflects her frustration with the American education system and poverty’s affect on education . . . And of course I can’t forget sweet Sarah, whose mother keeps around multiple men.
Times are tough everywhere.
So my challenge to myself this Easter weekend, and always, is to keep in mind — no, not only how lucky I am — but how I can use my “gifts” (health, life, love, etc.) to help others. Because we all know, deep down, that the key to true happiness is not focusing inward, on ourselves, but focusing outward, on others.
photojournalist took this photo 4 Syrian child, thought he has a weapon not a camera so she Gave up !
Note: Yes, I am repeating myself with this post — I gravitate toward this topic a lot. Yes, I am intense. Jon loves to remind me all the time. He is quite the opposite, and a good balance for my intensity.