Some days it's so easy to forget that others have stress in their lives just like we do, it's just that theirs is probably different from ours, and they may not choose to share it with us. Other days, we are reminded that everyone has at least a few weeds in their yard.
This morning I got a Facebook message from a friend I haven't seen in a while. That's a good thing, right? But it wasn't... She was letting me know that another friend, whom I'd totally lost track of a few years ago, recently died of a sudden embolism. She was, I believe, younger than I am.
Later this morning, I called the nursing center to talk to my mom. I was chatting with the lady who answered the phone; she was the admitting clerk last year when my mom and grandmother were there, and we got to be very friendly. Normally she is laughing and happy, with a huge smile for whomever she is dealing with. When I asked her how her weekend was, she paused... then told me that she was exhausted because her son, who has PTSD and lives too far away for her to just drive over there, had an episode yesterday, and she was up half the night on the phone with him and his girlfriend, who is having real trouble dealing with this issue. I can't blame her; I don't know how I would handle it, but it probably wouldn't be very well.
I feel so blessed right now. Yes, my mom had heart surgery last year and broke her hip this year, but the first is healed and the second is healing, and we expect her to go home sometime next month (fingers crossed). Yes, my husband has permanent physical and neurological issues that have caused him to be classified as permanently disabled, but overall he is still functioning "normally" in the world and does not need someone with him all the time. Yes, I'm not really happy in my current job/career situation, but at least I have the ability to work and function in a variety of positions, and the people I work with are pleasant to be around. And my son, who nearly died from a subdural hematoma when he was 14, and who turned 25 this year, did NOT go into the Marines when he graduated from high school, as he had planned, and for that I am extremely grateful.
So, I just want to say, spend some time today thinking about the good things that are happening in your life right now, today, this week, this month. Because sometimes the grass really IS greener right here where you are.