It's been one crazy year. Good crazy - bad crazy - you name it.
But you know what? The past few days I've been having some sort of allergic reaction to a new face moisturizer I've been using. My eyes have been swollen, pink, puffy, dry...horrible. I was at work just feeling kind of miserable. Then a guy around my age came in who just had his first round of chemo treatment on Tuesday. Suddenly my problems seemed so small. We had some friendly chit chat - where we exchanged some smiles and laughs.
Through this exchange, I was reinforced that our problems are all relative. Obviously there are people out there who have problems greater than all of us - even all of us put together.
It is a reminder that we all have our own set of feelings and emotions that are certainly valid. But we should not take for granted how completely blessed we are. Yes, at one time or another, we will have the dark of a storm but there is always sunshine on the other end.
The fact that a man of only 26 can share some smiles with me or even an 88 year old man who walks with a hunch back always brings sunshine with him, wherever he goes - makes me step back in place.
The world is ours for the taking. We can choose to be miserable and sulk in our "problems" - or we can laugh at the problems we face because we know that we are blessed beyond measure and we can count on God to help guide us through our storm.
Make 2012 great. Learn to laugh at issues you might have instead of letting them take away your joy. Your joy is magical and no one has the right to it. Share your joy with others.
Have a blessed, safe, and fun New Year - however you are celebrating it.
And remember - I am thankful for you!