I heard two sad things today. One was that a 31 year old fire fighter in a town that I used to serve as a paramedic back where I used to live, was killed in a freak accident. He was driving his truck when a strong gust of wind blew a tree on it and killed him.
The other was about one of our 36 year old patients today in surgery. He was going in for what was expected to be diverticulitis because of pain and some bleeding. They put him under anesthesia and opened him up only to find massive amounts of cancer everywhere. He will wake with a colostomy bag, much less of his insides and about a year and a half to live.
I reflect on these stories and share them to remind myself and us all that things may be tough: our jobs, not enough money, someone is annoying us, the kids on our nerves or some other thing making us crazy.
But when we get true perspective on what is important, and we suddenly see how others are dealing with real hardship — somehow our load seems lighter.
So instead of feeling sorry for ourselves, let’s instead send our thoughts, prayers and all the energy we use being upset, and use it instead to care about those who really need caring.
Because, like a cactus, even beauty can come from pain.