I am sitting here in the office of a dear friend. He and his wife have graciously allowed me to use an office to get FREE WiFi, do some work, return phone calls, and the like. I am grateful to have them in my life. It is better because of them.
I have been listening the past couple of days to a number of first hand accounts of life in Europe as a Jew during World War II. Now remember, I am sitting here in a wonderful office, snow all around here in Wisconsin, fresh air, and no fear of any impending tragedy. (I know. Some of you might think I am in denial). We here in America have much to be grateful for as we do not experience the hardships other nations face. Japan is in turmoil. The Middle East is a powder keg waiting to explode. Africa is rampant with disease, famine, genocide. Mexico as a nation is in the hands of drug cartels that seem relentless to continue their trade and defy any authority that seeks to stop them.
And then here we are arguing and bickering about our needs not being meet in our marriages. We don’t get our way. We don’t feel loved. We don’t have a say in matters. We don’t get the amount of affection we want. And the list goes on.
I wonder if we would cease complaining about these things if we were under the threat of a nuclear tragedy. If we had some catastophic event take place. Maybe we would be grateful just to have each other to work through the crisis. Would we go back to the old ways once the crisis was over?
I am just wondering. I will seek to live a life that is grateful for the day, my marriage and my children. Today, Trey called and asked if he could remove some old posts in our backyard that I put up years ago. i wanted them removed and have never gotten around to doing something about them. Trey is doing it today. His own initiative. I am grateful to have such a son who cares about our home, our yard. I am blessed beyond measure.
I think in the light of what really matters, I will focus on the issues that matter and not on my selfish desires. I have already seen the devestation that has wreaked on thousands of marriges. The Power of US. I would rather have US than ME.