I’ve always found inspiration reading stories about or meeting people who have faced challenges and overcame them. I recently read the following and wanted to pass it along:
Forgive Me When I Whine, by Red Foley
Today upon a bus, I saw a lovely maid with golden hair; I envied her - she seemed so gay - and oh, I wished I were so fair. When suddenly she rose to leave, I saw her hobble down the aisle, She had one foot and wore a crutch, but as she passed, a smile. Oh, God, forgive me when I whine; I have two feet - the world is mine.
And when I stopped to buy some sweets, the lad who served me had such charm; He seemed to radiate good cheer, his manner was so kind and warm. I said, "It’s nice to deal with you, such courtesy I seldom find." He turned and said, "Oh, thank you, sir!" And I saw that he was blind. Oh, God, forgive me when I whine; I have two eyes - the world is mine.
Then, when walking down the street, I saw a child with eyes of blue. He stood and watched the others play; it seemed he knew not what to do, I stopped a moment, then I said: "Why don’t you join the others, dear?" He looked ahead without a word, and then I knew; he could not hear. Oh, God, forgive me when I whine; I have two ears - the world is mine.
With feet to take me where I’d go, with eyes to see the sunset’s glow, With ears to hear what I should know: I’m blessed indeed, the world is mine; Oh, God, forgive me when I whine.
Here’s the way I see it: Next time you focus on insignificant problems, think about Mr. Foley’s poem and remember how truly blessed you are.