I just read this story about a Marine helping a young boy complete a 5k and it warmed my heart so much.
It was a great reminder of what is really important in life. It is not always what you accomplish. Sometimes it is what you don’t accomplish while you are doing what really matters.
I’ve said it before – I am Type A all the way. I love a to-do list, love getting things done and I really struggle when I am feeling like I don’t have a solid handle on things.
With our income change, things have been tight. I am not going to lie, it has been really hard. I have struggled to keep a positive attitude and, not wanting to complain to friends, further stress my husband and bother my family, I have kept my struggle to myself. It has been a little bit of a lonely time.
Predictably, for a while it is sort of a fun challenge not to spend, but after a while it becomes depressing and I was starting to feel sorry for myself and have kind of been in a funk for the past few days.
Thankfully, we enjoyed a quiet summer day where I could catch up on chores and just relax a bit with the kids. I was checking email and news and saw the story about the marine (link above). It reminded me that I was losing sight of what really matters. In our world today, here in the US in particular, it is easy to feel left out if you don’t drive an expensive SUV, aren’t going out to eat or doing the other fun things that it SEEMS like everyone else is doing.
But, what really matters is that our family is healthy, together and not really wanting for anything. We have food to eat, clean clothes, transportation, even pets and a nice shelter (some of life’s luxuries, really).
So, I would like to remind you today that even though you may be struggling to make ends meet or making difficult sacrifices for any reason – never forget what really matters. There is always something to be grateful for – you just have to notice it.
In the end, it won’t matter what car you drove, where you lived or how much money you had. What matters is the difference we make in the lives of others.
Stepping outside of yourself to help others (just like Lance Cpl. Myles Kerr) is a great way to drive home what really matters.