Life is full of twists and turns and I have been fortunate to be on the higher banks of the river with my life. Recently, I had shoulder surgery and have been one-armed (literally) for the past month. Try it sometime...take your opposite dominate hand and do Everything with it...and I mean EVERYTHING... putting on socks, brushing your teeth, writing, typing, driving your car, putting on deodarant...on both armpits, opening a jar of peanut butter, opening a door while trying to carry something, etc.
Well, I list some of those not to create sympathy (because this is so minor), but to make a point that situations like this help heighten our awareness of how fortunate we have it. The fact that I still have one good arm (and soon to be 2 again) is a blessing.
Some of these twists and turns should be perceived as challenges and not frustrations. This experience has made me slowdown...take my time...partially because it takes a lot longer to do things, but I believe it will be another stepping stone of attempting to be a better person and to be appreciative each day. I do not think we have one thing to complain about if we wake up healthy with a sound mind. Take my cousin Mike, for instance. He has Stage 4 Liver cancer and is battling for his life. Not once has he complained. That's powerful and humbling. Makes a temporary one-armed challenge so insignificance!
So let's take our heightened awareness of appreciativeness to a new level.
After all, everyday above grass is a good one. Let's live that attitude.