Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Misery loves Company

The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.
- Carlos Castaneda

The past couple of days have been hard. A family friend passed away and it's hit me hard. For multiple reasons including protecting the privacy of the innocent, I won't say much about it. Just know I'm hurting for my friends.

Plus I've been sick. I've never had streph throat and I certainly don't ever want it again. The worst part about it was being quarantined. Especially in a time when I wanted to be there for a friend.

And it makes me feel guilty - I've been a little self-absorbed for the past couple of months, agonizing over my decisions, "problems" and indulging my every whim. In the "Big Picture" of things, I have no problems, no complaints and a happy, healthy family. If I ever needed some persective, it's been the last couple of months and I finally got a huge dose of reality. It's going to change the way I think, act, and approach my life. I need to live with more gusto and enjoy all of my moments.

3 comments:

Allison said...

i feel the same way you do. i hurt for them.

i'm also terrible at comforting friends and always afraid i'm going to make them feel worse.

but definitely, it puts things in perspective.

The Stephens Family said...

ditto
-sara

The Pink Chick said...

I am so sorry about the loss of your friend. I also hate to hear that you are sick. I hope you feel better soon!