It’s easy to feel poor. Most of us have experienced that feeling at one time or another. Over the past few years, I have felt that way multiple times. Sometimes feeling poor gets the best of me and I wallow in self-pity or lash out in frustration. Other times I remember to count my blessings, and my worries disappear.
Last night, I wallowed!
Rebecca and I decided to use most of the day Sunday to get ahead on food prep. for the week. She made meals, and I made pie — black cherry peach pie to be exact! Before we knew it, we had both spent most of the day in the kitchen, and it was time to put our kids to bed. Rebecca wrangled up the boys, and gave them baths while I cleaned up the kitchen. It took me an hour to scrub the pots and pans, rinse off the knives and forks, and place the plates and cups in the dishwasher. (FYI — I don’t like doing the dishes). After I finished the dishes, I started to put all of our newly made food away — first into containers, and then into the fridge.
As I packed and repacked the fridge, I got frustrated at the lack of room. I had to reorganize the refrigerator at least four times before I got everything to fit. Finally, I got everything into the fridge and closed the door. As I turned around to go upstairs I noticed a large pot of black beans still sitting on the stove. “You’ve got to be kidding me!” I said flustered at the fact that I would have to unpack the fridge and reorganize it for a fifth time. And that’s when it hit me…I’m frustrated at the fact that my refrigerator is full of food.
It’s amazing how easy it is to lose perspective.
Last year when I visited Honduras, I had perspective. I was forced to compare my “poor” mindset against those who are truly poor. But then I forgot about it – I forgot about them. It’s been almost a year since I visited Honduras, and met people who didn’t know where their next meal was coming from. People who didn’t have air-conditioned homes or refrigerators. People who didn’t have lots of dishes to wash, or a dirty stovetop to clean after cooking food all day. People like the little girl I met who was turning 12, and had never had a birthday cake (read that story here). That’s perspective. I need more perspective.
So if your like me and get stressed out about finances or sometimes feel poor, go look in your refrigerator and see if you have any food in there. If you do, you’re not poor. You just needed a little perspective. And if that doesn’t help, make some homemade black cherry peach pie — that will make all of your worries go away!
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Have you ever felt “poor” before? How did you deal with that feeling? Did you find perspective? Comment below and continue the discussion…