Since my blog is called lessons learned I thought I would share a few I learned just today. 1. Never smack a wall that has a picture hanging on the opposite side of it. 2. Bike shorts are padded for a reason, wear them when you ride. Hope that helps. But the real reason for writing today is the lesson I have learned that inevitably robs me of my ability to throw myself a pity party. So here is the lesson: everybody”s got something. I was sitting in the bank line the other day having the beginnings of a pity party when I looked over to the car in the next line. A man about my age obviously suffering from Parkinson’s disease was struggling to open the canister. I have my health. I was watching the news this morning about the parents whose 18 year old daughter was killed in San Diego. My kids are safe. There was a lady at my club the other day, apparently suffering from mental illness. I have a healthy mind. I don’t have the life I envisioned I would have, and I have gone through some difficult things, but I am certainly not alone; everybody’s got something. Every time I see the “Life is Good” stickers I want to take a sharpie and add, “and hard” (I keep hearing Michael from the office saying “that’s what she said”, sorry I had to acknowledge what everyone was already thinking) But back to my point, and I do have one. It’s easy to feel sorry for myself, until I remember that everybody has trials and pain. Even Paul, the apostle had his thorn.( I wonder if it had anything to do with clay tennis court maintenance?) When I am tempted to dwell on all my trials and tribulations and begin to sing my whoa is me song, all I need to do is remember that everybody’s got something. And here is the really amazing thing about that; when I actually step into someone else’s trials and tribulations, mine begin to fade into the background. When I make the attempt to help with someone else’s “something” my pity party ends and my “something” is a little more bearable.
And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.