Monday, November 24, 2014

Count Your Blessings

When tragedy strikes, that's when we all seem to appreciate our loved ones more than we ever have before. Guilty? Yep. I'm guilty of this.
Recently, it seems as if I had been on edge with my husband. Probably fussing a little bit more than I should, whining a little more than I should. Feeling easily angered and distracted by a certain situation currently in our life.
When talking about this with my husband on Saturday he looked at me and said, "You don't have any real problems." Which initially made me even more mad than I was. But I thought about it. I kinda thought he was right, but brushed it off my shoulders and pretended to never hear that.
Driving to the Falcons game yesterday, Cody received a phone call that we never expected and never wanted to hear. Loss of a co-worker/friend/brother/mentor left pain and sadness behind. The news washed over Cody's face and my heart sank deep down into my chest and has stayed there ever since. My heart was breaking as I watched my husband make sense of the call. I felt helpless, saddened and ungrateful.
Although we continued on with our daily plans, we both watched the game yesterday in a haze. Having a lot of time to think about the tragedy, and mostly thinking about the family that was left behind - a wife that lost her high school sweetheart and three boys all under the age of 12 who lost their father.
Suddenly, my "problems" seemed to be so small and I remembered Cody's words from the day before - "You don't have any real problems." You're right. I don't.
I have a husband who I can hug, kiss, love and walk hand in hand with. I have a loving family who is safe and healthy. I have a roof over my head that works perfectly fine for the moment. I have food in my fridge. I have a job doing what I like doing.
These aren't problems.
It's unfortunate that somebody else's true problem has to bring this side out in most of us.
We let so many of life's tiny obstacles wash over us and mask what's really important in life.
My husband has never looked so good. Smelled so good. Kissed so good. Felt so good to hug. Walked so good. Talked so good. Took a breath of air so good.
What a blessing it is to live my life with this man.
What a blessing it is to be married to him, to live in a home with him, to share the same hopes and goals as him.
 What a true blessing life is.

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  1. This made me tear up! What a great reminder, love you guys!

  2. This is such a great reminder! I'm sending out prayers for the loss of your husband's friend and his family.

  3. How very true. I definitely need these reminders in similar times as you where I am just frustrated but need to remember it's nothing compared to other people's really struggles. Sending you both and Cody's friend's family my thoughts and prayers!

  4. So sorry for your loss. I often do posts about my blessings to keep myself humble and remind myself of all that I do have, which can sometimes be hard. I try to remember that there is always someone out there that has it worse off than I do and I try not take things for granted and get wrapped up too much in what I consider to be "problems". Thoughts and prayers to you guys!