A huge fire broke out today in a block of tenement houses on the city’s east side. Police reported that parents were throwing their small children from two- and three-story windows to friends below—and then jumping after them. The death toll is mounting as most of those children and their parents perished in the fire or in the fall.
“There’s just too much homework, and the teacher never explains anything.”
Violence erupted today at a religious festival. An angry mob pulled an opposing leader from his car and beat him to death with rocks and fists. They hung his lifeless body from a utility pole for all to see.
“I can’t believe that texting while driving is a crime. What’s next?”
Authorities found two children living completely on their own for almost a year in an abandoned warehouse. They were surviving on garbage scraps and what they could steal from stores and restaurants.
“This lousy computer is too slow. I want the new zipbop337Varoom!”
Change the channel
It’s not that we and our kids don’t have a right to complain. It’s just that there are people in this world—in this country—in your town—maybe next door to you—who have nothing to complain about. In fact, they have nothing at all.
So next time you want to complain, or your kids are crabbing about something, change the channel. Pull in a new perspective. Reflect on other situations and realize you don’t have it that bad. We could all use an attitude adjustment sometime and the best way to get one is to consider others who fight a bigger battle, run a greater risk, or carry a heavier load.
The road to appreciation
We can easily get into the habit of complaining, taking our situation for granted, not taking time to appreciate what we have. But life sometimes has a way of presenting us with a new direction. We hear a story on the news about kids our son’s age who were arrested for drug trafficking. Or we read an article in the paper about a baby fighting for her life after being born three months early, kids trapped in a cave, or children separated from their parents. Or a coworker gets a life threatening disease, and we see the challenge she faces each day as she deals with treatment and worries if she will be here to see her daughter graduate from high school.
Hey, Dad, you’re a lucky guy. Be grateful for little irritations in your life, for the troubles of teens, the worries of work, and the labors of living. In your work, home, and social life, we’re sure you have an impact on more people than you know. Be a comfort to others and a positive influence in your world. And be sure to let your loved ones know how fortunate their lives are. Help them get a glimpse of another world out there, and remind them that their own world is pretty darned good.