On two separate occasions, I had a chance to talk to my former colleagues who were both struggling with a seeming problem. Mommy M's adolescent son was expelled from school due to behavioral problems. Lately, the son had been attempting to commit suicide and is seeing a psychiatrist. Mommy R's husband has lobulated nasopharyngeal mass, left, with adjacent bone lytic changes and signs of ipsilateral acute mastoiditis or cancer.
Admittedly my problems are incomparable to what they have. I worry about a bad hair day, a pimple on my chin or the color of nail polish I'll apply on my toe nails. I am very embarrassed and further realized that I unconsciously waste my energy on these futile things.
The conversations on the other hand compelled me to stop fretting especially on my nonsensical anxieties. And the inspiring message below reflects my thoughts at the moment:
Similarly, Paul teaches everyone to give thanks for everything no matter how depressing or victorious our situation is (1 Thessalonians 5:18). And with much retrospecting and pondering; we learn and become wiser beings. It is also through our struggles (of varying degrees) that we grow, understand and omit the same mistakes to avoid the cycle of being in the same phase.
What are you thankful for in your life today?
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