I've been thinking about pressure lately,
and how we're often swayed one way or the other
to be something else
or have something more
or create something different than everyone else.
The world is filled with people
who always seem to have more than we have...
The bigger house,
the newer car,
the better opportunities,
the yearly vacations,
the fashionable clothes...
But it's all a matter of perspective, isn't it?
I am fortunate to have a caring, compassionate
and intelligent doctor.
She practices during the day at her office,
she also treats patients at a nightly clinic sometimes,
she is occasionally on call at the hospital,
and she does work at the oncology center nearby.
More recently, she partnered with someone in medical aesthetics.
She also has a husband, and children.
Basically, she's a dedicated workaholic and/or an overachiever,
and probably a rich one. :-)
This morning, we were talking about perspective and gratitude,
and she mentioned seeing a patient who was 35 years old (or young!)
and desperate to get rid of her wrinkles.
On the same day,
she worked at the oncology center
and saw another patient who is 37 and in chemotherapy
for breast cancer.
The woman has no hair,
and 2 small children.
I doubt she's too concerned about her wrinkles...
For one woman, wrinkles are the focus,
and for the other - survival.
Being there for her children.
Staying in this world just a little longer...
This just tugged at my heart
and reminded me of how petty our problems often are.
How important it is to be grateful,
to not complain.
to think of others who have so much less than we do.
The new cars, the big houses
the trips around the world
mean nothing to someone with 2 months to live.
This day matters.
Make it worthwhile.
And on the subject of gratitude,
i am forever grateful to have you all here
on this little journey with me.
Who knows where we'll go?