I was supposed to be in Hyderabad (my hometown) today and in time for my Mom’s birthday on the 25th – but on Saturday, José started a fever that turned out to be malaria (again!), so I cancelled my trip. There was a time, when I would have been very unhappy with this change of plans and keep wondering what to do next…Not now.
We’re without a maid at present, so there’s extra housework to be done and one less hand (José ‘s) to help. There was a time this would have stressed me out ….Not now.
It’s been raining heavily all day and we’re housebound and I’m unable to complete some of the outdoor chores I needed to. There was a time this would have frustrated me…Not now.
What I’m doing instead is enjoying José’s company, enjoying Pablo, doing housework on a ‘need-to’ basis, enjoying cooking, reading a book I’ve wanted to read for a long time (Scott Peck’s – People of the Lie) and even watched a great movie – Alice In Wonderland (this version). We’ve just finished eating a lovely dinner (a Spanish omelet of sorts!) and I’m sitting to write this post.
What has changed? A better question would be – Who has changed? And the answer – me! I’ve changed because more and more I realize how blessed we are. Yes, I am now officially :
Yes, how can I be stressed about not going to visit my parents as planned, when I think about someone who couldn’t afford to visit her family for 14 years and had no means of being in touch with them either? When she finally went, she didn’t know whether to expect to find her mother alive.
How can I be stressed about my husband’s illness when I know of people who don’t have the means to get the timely and effective treatment we got?
How can I be stressed about not having a maid when I know of women who have to travel long distances to work, do manual labor and then come home and do all the housework -no help, no appreciation either?
How can I be stressed about being housebound for today when I think about the many people who are housebound for life because of their disabilities or others who have to go out in the pouring rain to earn their livelihood.
So I’m too blessed to be stressed – only thankful for the abundance I enjoy………
May you be inspired – everyday!