My problems for the week:
- I'm running late for work
- I don't know what to cook for dinner
- I didn't finish my lesson plans and I'm unprepared for school
- Two students won't stop arguing
- I had no time time make anything "cutesy" for my students and had to settle with Comic Sans and Microsoft clip art
- I think I found a wrinkle
- I have nothing to wear
I consider myself to be one very BLESSED girl!
Okay, well, maybe I didn't think of it that way about a week ago, but then I got a very unexpected wake-up call. A friend of ours (she also lived with us in the dorms) notified us that she has breast cancer. It still doesn't seem real as I type this blog post. How can this be? She is 31 years old with two young daughters. This isn't supposed to happen. Unfortunately it is happening and she just underwent a mastectomy yesterday afternoon. Through this entire ordeal our friend has exhibited so much strength, courage, and faith. I am proud and truly inspired by what a remarkable woman she is. Instead of saying, "Why me?" or wallowing in self pity, she puts God first and places all of her trust in Him. She takes the time to care for her family and is genuinely concerned about how other people are doing rather than being wrapped up in her own ordeal.
I now consider my trivial problems to be a blessing. To do lists, time pressures, lesson plans, meetings, distractions, and unnecessary stresses tend to get the better of us, however, in the grand scheme of things, they are insignificant.
I hope that this post will serve as a reminder to be grateful for all that you have in your life.