Sometimes I Forget

Sometimes I forget just how blessed I truly am.

Sometimes I forget that the seemingly normal things I do are challenges to others. I get so caught up how mediocre I feel my life is, and how extraordinary I wish it could be that I forget to stop and thank God that I have a life.

I get upset that I don’t have enough A’s when really I should be thankful I have the ability to go to college, think, and reason. I get worried when I’m running low on money when I should be grateful that I have enough money to buy food, live in an apartment, and go to college. I sometimes even get annoyed when I have to change my plans around to spend time with my family when I’m actually blessed to still have my family.

The funny thing is that usually when I’m at my lowest, I get shown just how blessed I really am. I see so many people with less than I have who are choosing to look past their shortcomings and be happy with what they DO have. I’ll never forget the time I first saw a man with no arms using his mouth to draw around the city where I live. A friend of mine told me that you can see him different places around town drawing until late at night, and his pictures are in high demand. He’s been featured on many prominent news stations and talk shows around the country.

I actually got a chance to speak with him when we saw him drawing outside the restaurant my parents and I were eating at one night. He was literally one of the most cheerful and gracious people I’ve met. We talked to him a long time about the struggles he’s went through, from losing his arms to getting his supplies stolen from him more than once, and how he’s overcome them “through the grace of God.” We actually bought the one he’s drawing in the picture right after he finished it, and I have it hanging up in my room to remind me not to give up despite what my circumstances might be.

So remember, even if you’re circumstances look hopeless and you can’t find a way out, don’t give up. Something really great may be just around the corner. Be thankful for what you do have. That little change in perspective can make a world of difference.

-Alice

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