Monday, July 6, 2015

Best of Me, Worst of Me

Saturday afternoon
5 hours driving the back roads of Saskatchewan
just Stanley and I
(wondering why the HELL we didn't bring a bottle of water with us)
knowing that there wasn't a 'corner store' anywhere close at hand
stopping when we wanted to search for flat stones for my garden
"Stop Wayne - I think that looks like a good one!"
taking photos of seemingly nothing

pure contentment

Sunday afternoon grocery shopping
mad because I can no longer find my favorite cereal
cranky because I had to take time to read labels to find another one
pissed that I have to pay more for the organic brands

then spying a woman pushing a full grocery cart
being followed by a little girl in a wheelchair
her daughter perhaps?
going into her wallet to pull out her coupons
the little girl asking for the cereal with the cartoon character
"No sweetie, we can't afford that today."

really? was that my worst problem of the day?
having to find a new cereal to buy?

Why do we always need those 'kick in the butts'
to put our life in perspective?

Why can't we keep in mind the simple pleasures we enjoy
and make them last all week long?

Why do we get upset with the life's little crap
that gets in our way?

 Why do we forget to be grateful?

"Can you see the holiness in those things you take for granted – a paved road
or a washing machine? If you concentrate on finding what is good in every situation,
you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude,
a feeling that nurtures the soul.” ~ Rabbi Harold Kushner

“If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's,
we'd grab ours back.” ~ Regina Brett


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