Saturday, August 18, 2012

Sometimes ya just gotta snap out of it!

Perspective.
Who doesn't need a healthy dose of that?
It doesn't change your 'reality', 
yet it pulls you away from the impact it's having on you.  
It diffuses its effect.
It waters down its potency.

If you're crammed in that small place, wishing you had more room...
then I think of my Robbie who just got released from a tiny hospital room after 117 days!  That's 4 months!
Day in.
Day out.
Her Aortic Stenosis.
Her pneumonia.
Her UTI's.
Her ventilator, and trying to wean her off.
Her muscles atrophy because she wasn't breathing on her own. 
Her having to get a new trach, then getting an infection in that area.
Yeast infections in her mouth.
Heart valve issues.

She is finally home sitting on the deck in the sunshine with a great big smile!

I don't know about you, but that gives me perspective.
One big helping of it!

My ant problem becomes laughable.
The car with no air conditioner that makes me cranky...
yeah, so what!
The broken washing machine that sends me to the laundromat and inconveniences my comfortable little life,
get over it!

Perspective.

It's a gift we receive by taking a look around.
It comes freely when we aren't so introspective,
but by observing outside of ourselves.
You may need to go looking for it,
whether it be found in a cancer  ward or a soup kitchen...
but chances are you don't have to go far.
It could be right next door as your neighbor is carrying a huge load.
Something unbearable.

Philippians 4:11-13 says,
"Actually, I don't have a sense of needing anything personally.  I've learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances. I'm JUST as happy with little as with MUCH, with much as with little.  I've found the recipe (who knew there was a recipe?!  Gotta pin THAT one on Pinterest!)...for being happy, whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty.  WHATEVER I have, WHEREVER I am, I can make it through 'anything' in the One who makes me who I am."

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