I was taking a walk yesterday, something I do to unwind and clear my head. As I was leaving my office, I saw a young lady walking, only she was having a hard time because she is blind. I see her every day, but this was the first time I saw her by herself. Usually she walks with an aid or a friend, and they help her get to where she needs to go.
She doesn’t have a guide dog, but she does use a white cane. I saw her there, walking so slowly it was as if she was barely moving at all. She was somewhat afraid, because there were men nearby who were doing construction work. It was very noisy, and their machines were parked right where she normally walks.
One of the workers saw her hesitation just as I did. He approached her, and was helping her across the sidewalk when her mother pulled up and guided her to their car. I continued walking, and as I turned the corner where they were I started thinking about my steps.
I noticed how easy it was for me to walk. I didn’t need any help, and didn’t have to use any aids. I could clearly see where I was going, and noticed the beauty around me. Things she couldn’t see, like the pretty pink flowers nearby and the puffy white clouds in the sky. As I walked, I thought about how many of us take the little things, like walking and seeing for granted. Walking…something I was doing without much effort was a challenge for the girl I just passed. Seeing is something that’s automatic for me but she can’t see anything at all.
11 months ago I was in a car accident. It literally happened in a matter of seconds, but almost a year later my life is still affected because of the injuries. It was an extremely painful experience….still is some days! For several months it was so hard for me to walk, and when I did I walked extremely slow and I couldn’t go far because I didn’t have the strength in my bones that was there before. EVERYTHING became harder. Grocery shopping, driving, walking, bending, sitting, hearing noises, going to church, cleaning my house, working, and so much more.
I still have pain from my injuries but I’m getting better every day. I’m just now getting to the point where I can take walks again, which is something I enjoy. There are still things I can’t do, like dance or travel but I’m trusting God for complete healing.
I don’t like sharing my business, but I shared that to say that it’s easy to focus on what we don’t have, and what we can’t do. We take so many things for granted, and don’t really realize how blessed we are. There are things that we do without thinking twice, that other people can’t do at all – or need help doing them.
Most of us can go to our refrigerators and get something to eat, whether it’s what we want or not. Well, everyone can’t do that. There are some people that literally eat mud pies because they have no food. There are kids who dig through trash for things they can recycle so that they can buy food to eat.
School gets boring sometimes, but if you’re able to get an education, that’s something to be thankful for. Everyone doesn’t have the ability to go to school, and some are even punished for trying to learn how to read.
If you woke up this morning with a roof over your head, you’re blessed. There are people who live in tents or sadly, with no shelter at all.
Even little things, like being able to eat peanuts or breathe well are things we take for granted. Many people have to watch everything they eat or be careful exercising because it could hurt or even kill them.
If you can see, walk, talk, and hear, be grateful. If you can feed and clothe yourself, have your health, and know who you are because you’re thinking clearly, you are blessed.
That’s not to say that those who are hungry, homeless, and suffering are not blessed and don’t have things to be thankful for.
If you’re someone who’s disadvantaged or know someone who is, you’ll find that they can be some of the most positive, thankful, and compassionate people that you will ever meet. They have a deeper appreciation for life, and for everything they’re able to enjoy.
They are blessed in ways that most of us can’t even comprehend because their outlook on life is different.
The little things are not so little at all when we really think about them. I hope you’ll think today, just as I am. We all have so much to be thankful for.
What are some things that you take for granted?
What are you thankful for?
Was there ever a time when you suffered, but you became stronger because of it? How did your suffering change your outlook on life or make you a better person?