Sweating The Small Stuff

Lost In Thought

 

It wasn’t a good morning. It seemed like every direction I turned I ran into another roadblock. My frustration level was at an all-time high.

I spilled coffee down the front of me, the neighbor’s bass was pounding in my head, my Internet connection was burping, and the batteries for the mouse died with a few thousand emails yet to be read. All of the right ingredients for a really bad day, right?

I headed over to Facebook to chill for a moment or two.

Scrolling down through my news feed, I came across a father talking about his 15 year old daughter. They were preparing to return to Children’s Hospital for chemo and a follow up MRI. They were praying for shrinkage. They were told to expect growth…

My heart fell as the tears began to roll down my cheeks.

How could I possibly get hung up on sweating the small stuff?

I wonder how many people suddenly found perspective in life again as they read this father’s Facebook update?

I wonder if he knows how many lives he touched….

J. Cricket Walker of CricketWalker.com

  1. Doc SheldonDoc Sheldon09-23-2011

    Excellent thought for the day, Cricket! Indeed, EVERY day! No matter how bad we think things are for us, there are thousands more out there that have it a lot worse!

    My Dad had a plaque on the wall in his office:

    “I used to feel sorry for myself because I had no shoes…
    until I saw a man that had no feet.”

    • CricketCricket09-23-2011

      I need to have that plaque as a daily reminder.

  2. I love your thoughts for Cricket. Doc you are simply great man. And your last quote is really fantastic man.

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    Even for children who deserve a bright future, some do not have a normal family.

    That’s why every day now I feel thankful to what I have been given.

  12. Mike Palm DesertMike Palm Desert01-07-2012

    There’s no better way to start the day than to get away from the small things – work, email, facebook, neighbors… I love to run first thing to clear my mind and prepare for the day. It’s amazing how much of a difference that can make.

  13. Jim SmithsonJim Smithson04-08-2012

    The effect of learning to take a step back and not letting the little things get you down in life is a profound one, and different people arrive at this differently. Thank you for sharing your story, I have bookmarked this page to come back to it whenever I am feeling frustrated.

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