I love that the Lord blessed me with one talent: the ability to learn from other peoples experiences.
Awhile ago, a friend of mine told me a very touching story about perspective. She said she was feeling stressed and upset with life, etc. We've all been there right? The kids were wild, out of control, and as my cousin Abbie would say, "malfunctioning robots". And even though she didn't give me specifics, I knew exactly how she felt.
Well, on one of these kids-gone-crazy days, those days where you've just about had it! a little cousin came running up the stairs to tell her her son was asleep and wouldn't wake up.
What she said next still gets me teary. "It all just came into perspective. All the things I was upset about just didn't matter anymore." For those few minutes when her son wasn't responding, the good kind of tunnel vision set in. The vision where you can only see those few things that really matter. Those things that teach you to not say, "What else could possibly go wrong?" (Hiccoughs, that's what!)
She told me this a few days before I felt the exact same way. I've felt that way for awhile now, but I get great comfort remembering her few words: "It all just came into perspective."
I remind myself that even though I've been going through yucky stuff that I really would rather NOT experience, that it could be SO MUCH WORSE. That I'm not like Job. That my husband is healthy and has a wonderful job that makes him happy. That for some reason he loves me, a lot. That my children make me laugh more than they make me cry. That they're healthy, happy, smart and very energetic.
I remember that I know and, to a point, understand the Plan of Salvation. That of all the things I have to think about and worry about, I don't have to worry about my eternal salvation. My Savior has done it for me already. That all I have to do now is the best I can do.
And suddenly I feel like I can take on any mental/physical/emotional ride you can throw at me. I have the perspective I should have. For now.
Happy December 9!