Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Timeout for Thanksgiving!

 The Thanksgiving holiday is upon us here in the U.S. so I won't be posting again until next week.

With the idea of "thanksgiving" in mind for the next few days, I'd like to share a story with you and i hope it puts things into perspective...

When I was a little boy I would occasionally have one of those "kid meltdowns" that all parents are familiar with.  Now not all of these occurred around my mom & dad.  My grandmother used to let me come stay with her on a regular basis and sometimes I'd have one of those moments while I was in her care.  During those moments, my grandma was prone to say, "oh just count your blessings..."

We all have a lot to be thankful for.  Lately I've been talking to patients about the term "first world problems" and when I talk about that, I think of my grandmother.  Somewhere she is smiling knowing that I finally figured out that waiting an  extra 60 seconds for an 8 dollar latte isn't really a problem at all.  There are people out there waking miles to find clean drinking water for their children and I can just turn on the faucet.

I still get frustrated sometimes, but I have learned my "first world problems" aren't really problems at all.  I think we all need to "count your blessings".  Thanks, Grandma.  I miss you!

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