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Taking “Normal” for Granted

Today a good friend sent a story about a guy driving a very expensive car and a kid hitting the car by throwing a brick. The guy stops his car, ready to kill, and the kid cries and says it was the only way he had to get his attention, he needs help getting his brother back into his wheelchair. The guy instantly goes from raging anger to compassion, and keeps the dent in the side of his car to remind himself that it shouldn’t take a brick to get his attention.

In the story, it says sometimes God uses a brick to get our attention.

I know, I know, you wonder where I am going with this.

It brings two very simple things to my mind. First, I have bored you more than once with my woes of jet lagging. Right now, I am sleeping great, although I am still falling asleep around nine at night, I am sleeping through the night. Thanks be to God! I wake up in the morning thankful for something so simple – a good night’s sleep.

Sleep isn’t so simple for those who suffer sleep deprivation – and their name is legion. My heart especially goes out to young mothers with their first baby . . . no one tells you how sleep deprivation can change your life. You think you can handle anything. Sleep deprivation is a big brick thrown into your life – it really gets your attention. Without adequate high quality sleep, life loses its lustre, and the simplest thing can be overwhelming.

Second, this is the time of year when many blogs feature colds and flu and lingering illnesses. I rarely get sick, but when I do – oh, I am such a baby. I don’t want concerned people around, I just want to be left alone to suffer. I just want the sickness to be OVER. And then, one day when it is gone – oh! how good it feels, just to be NOT sick! And I thank God for the every day blessing of good health!

We take so much for granted as we go through our daily lives. We forget how really good just being “normal” can be.

But maybe these are the bricks being thrown into our lives to get our attention, to help us to be thankful for our blessings?

Maybe slowing us down helps us to see things we might otherwise speed right by in the busy-ness of our active lives?

Maybe this is all a part of being thankful for the bad things that come into our lives, as well as the good? Alhamd’allah!

I think this is the first day of the Islamic New Year. If so, wishing my Moslem friends all the blessings of a new and, God willing, abundant and peaceful year.

January 20, 2007 - Posted by | Blogging, Cross Cultural, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Friends & Friendship, Health Issues, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Random Musings, Spiritual

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