Are you grateful, I mean truly grateful for this life you have? I believe every life has its sorrows and losses, but sometimes when you are in the middle of your life, having a hard day, a difficult challenge or an overwhelming problem, we can forget all the good we really have. The other day I was reminded of how blessed I really am.
We were 30 minutes late and my husband took a wrong turn. I wanted to jump out of my skin a scream at him, “What are you doing?”. I wanted to scream, “If you didn’t work so much we wouldn’t be late”, I wanted to just scream and become UNGLUED. I recently read about this concept in the book by Lysa Terkeurst by the same name. She talked about this concept of becoming UNGLUED. And wow could I relate.
A day like today with only 4 hours of sleep, a sick baby, my work TO DO list overgrown made it so easy to become UNGLUED when my husband made just a little mistake. But before I blew my lid over a little thing, I practiced what I had learned and put it in perspective. My local friend was home alone with 4 children (including a newborn) for the next 9 months while her husband worked more than 11 hours away. I was blessed to have such a wonderful husband and partner here with me who worked from home nonetheless. I was blessed.
So we finally made it to the restaurant for my grandmother’s 87th birthday party. I kissed this amazing woman and my grandfather and thought how blessed I was to have them still in my life and my children’s lives.
As I sat and listened to the small talk, the topic turned towards the passing of a family friend. This woman lived a horrific and extraordinary life. See, she was a Holocaust survivor who survived 2 concentration camps. She was so emaciated after the war that she spent an entire year in a hospital recovering her body and strength. Her father found her and they went to Canada and then to the United States. Someone at the table said, “Wow we don’t realize how good we have it do we?”. He was right. This woman lived an extraordinary life probably because she appreciated life in a way not many could ever realize.
The next conversation focused around a beautiful 3 and a half year old named Nora, who had been born very, very premature. For the past 3 years her parents have been through hell and back putting their daughter through surgery after surgery, procedure after procedure, and ultimately knowing she will leave this world at a very young age because her lungs and heart will not sustain her.
After our birthday celebration I went home to a sick baby and spent the night holding, rocking and ‘oiling’ my baby up so she could breathe better. I thought of Nora’s parents and how they have to go through the heartache of seeing or hearing their baby suffer everyday.
The next morning I didn’t complain about how tired I was, or about my own head cold, or how much I had to do that day. Instead I thanked GOD. I thanked God… I thanked GOD for this DAY. Because TODAY is all we have.
So my message to myself and to all our readers is that when you feel like coming UNGLUED remember how good you have it, even on your worst day. Appreciate today and honor the gift of today with your attitude and example. LIVE TODAY FULLY.
God bless you my friend. Come on over to my Facebook Page at and let me know something you are grateful for today.
Dr. Mary Starr Carter
the Total Wellness Doc and Mom
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