Wednesday, March 12, 2008

[per-spek-tiv]
I complain a lot. I know that I do. When things don't go my way, I'm vocal about it. I moan and groan. I whine and mope. I do it all the time.... I didn't get enough sleep last night. I spent most of the day trying to get things cleaned up. It's 80 degrees in the house again tonight - I'm hot. I'm tired. I'm cranky.
And tonight, I feel more than just a little self-centered.
You see, my nephew is serving a mission for our church in Guatemala. His mom sent us a few pictures today. There is a young man that my nephew and his companion (missionaries always go out in pairs) are trying to help. This boy's mom left him. He's addicted to sniffing pain thinner. I guess there was some kind of fire in the home that had left quite a mess. A group from church went in to help clean things up.
This is the after shot...

And again, I am reminded: it's all about perspective.

16 comments:

Amber said...

How horrible. You're right. It IS all about perspective and overall, we've got it pretty great, don't we?

Tonya said...

Wow, no doubt. We are really so very blessed. Thanks for the perspective today.

Jen said...

Yeah, I guess that fire in my oven was just small potatoes! My life is good.

The Morris Fam said...

Thanks for the reality check!

sariqd said...

My Hero served his mission in Guatemala! And yes... he said it's like that everywhere except in the really rich parts of the cities. He said it was the one of the most humbling experience of his life to go into one of these homes and they offer the elders them their last bit of food. By choice. Or offer them the only chair.

It is all about perspective. Humbling, isn't it?

Magirk said...

So sad. :( Very humbling.

Thank you for the reminder.

Heather said...

Perfectly paired with your song. 80 degrees is bliss, no?

Holly said...

Wow. And I complain about walking up and down my carpeted stairs so often.

It's definitely about perspective. Thank you for giving me some!

Pezlady said...

I used to complain about how small I thought my house was when I was growing up and how I didn't have all the "things" that I wanted....Until I went on my mission to Brazil and saw people living with their whole families (10+ people) in a one-room house with NO modern conveniences.
I try really hard not to complain anymore. Because, really, I have too much compared to that!
I agree with you. It does give great perspective.

Yvonne said...

That poor young man. You are so right about perspective--and thanks for the great reminder.

Tharker said...

Well said Melissa.

Nancy Face said...

Thank you for reminding me to be grateful for my blessings! :)

diana said...

my philosophy has always been that although things could be better, they could be a lot worse. that makes it easier to be thankful for what is good in your life.

Motherhood for Dummies said...

things really are about perspective. it can really help in our lives

kailani said...

I think we all could use a little perspective once in a while. Thank you for the reminder.

elasticwaistbandlady said...

Dr. Laura always says that it's not what happens to you in life, it's how you handle what happens to you that counts.

I'm guilty of quoting things I don't practice. :)