Are Things Really That Bad??

I couldn’t sleep last night. Nothing specific happened and there were no stressful situations keeping me up. Still I woke up at 3 am and couldn’t fall back to sleep. I could’ve been upset or angry about the situation. Hell, you could argue that I would’ve been perfectly entitled to. But I wasn’t….

You see, yesterday a homeless man came into my work. To set the context, it’s been bitter cold this winter in New Jersey. He just sat there and minded his own business the entire time. He ate a snack that he had brought in and just sat there. I said hi to the man and he responded in kind. I felt bad that someone would have to brave the cold without a home this time of year. Of course we all know that there are many people in this situation, but it hits much closer to home when you see it first hand.

That’s why I wasn’t angry about a lack of sleep. I asked myself, ‘How bad is it really?’. How blessed and I to have a great home with a great fiance and healthy kids. It’s not always easy, but we don’t have to worry about if we will get the necessities. So after that long winded explanation, you can see why I couldn’t bring myself to be angry.

Now it’s your turn to look in the mirror. Think about all of the things that you complain about on a day to day basis. Maybe it’s work, relationships, finances, or any other important issue stressing you out. But take a step back and take a deep breath. In the grand scheme of things, don’t you have so much more to be grateful for than angry about!

Never stop believing in yourself! Talk to you soon 🙂

-Dan Sims

21 thoughts on “Are Things Really That Bad??

  1. When you get that feeling, it is the Holy Spirit trying to move and work through you. Invite the Holy Spirit and it will be made clear what you were to do. There is a story of this same situation with an older gentleman. He listened and ended up saving the life of a woman he did not know. When we do what we are capable, we are more than capable. Bless and be blessed you are loved!

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  2. I am sorry you can’t sleep but I love that you are so kind in your response. I love your gentle heart and encouraging words. I am lucky to be with someone so wise.

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  3. We are all fighting our own battles, some battles are tough and we can learn a lot from them, but some battles are not even chosen by us.
    A homeless man can be homeless for many reasons, sometimes it is self inflicted and sometimes it is a third force, that went against this person and forced him homeless.
    But no, things are rarely as bad as we think they are. Stress, fear and anxiety always takes a huge toll on our sanity and makes small issues seem worse than they are.
    We are all going about our lives and adapting to how they are, a person with kids and a spouse have their problems, and homeless people have theirs.
    Just remember to respect people, no matter their situation in life. 🙂

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  4. In the grand scheme of things, yes it is good to take a step back although sometimes you’re in the trees, and you don’t have that birds eye perspective on things. That is the issue most of the time which is why I like the movie “the Arrival.”

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