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 🙂