There’s a scene in the movie Kindergarten Cop, where Arnold Schwartzenegger complains about a headache, and one of the kids says it might be a brain tumor. Arnold says, “It’s not a tumor!” Whatever your problem, at least it’s not a tumor. And if it is, so what? Someone, no, a lot of someones out there in the world have something worse. I say, be thankful for what good health you do have, no matter how much or little that is. I thought ALS was bad, until I met people living with ALS whose spouses left them after they were diagnosed. And left them with children to raise. Or worse, took their children from them. Or how about my friend Libby, who was lucky enough to get ALS and also start losing her vision. Or, my friend Lisa, who was diagnosed with lung cancer right after she quit smoking. It spread into her brain, and she died a year or so later. I thank my lucky stars that I’ve had to deal with ALS for so long.
I sprained my ankle a couple of days ago. I definitely didn’t need that on top of ALS. I can barely stand anyway, and now right now I can’t stand at all. So, in the midst of feeling really sorry for myself, I get on Facebook and see that it is my friend Tammy’s birthday. My friend who has ALS AND cancer. My friend who has learned she probably won’t be here this time next year. Now, she has been given an expiration date before, with ALS, and proved that doctors don’t know everything by living way past that date. But, cancer is trying it’s best to do her in. So, what’s a sprained ankle??! Why was it again that I was feeling bad?
No matter what your problem is, someone out there has got more to deal with than you do, I guarantee it! Whatever problem you have, don’t dwell on what you’ve lost or what is wrong. Focus on all that you have. No matter how much or how little. If you can read this, you have more than so many people in this world. Take a couple of minutes and just think about all the good things you’ve got going for you! For, one, you obviously woke up today.. boom… blessing number one! You are breathing… boom, blessing number two. I could go on, but you get the idea. Don’t forget about all those little things like just breathing, or talking, or moving around, or having food to eat. They don’t come so easily for everyone.