Monday, April 16, 2012

Its a beautiful day

After some very up and down weather, today is a very beautiful day. But this to me has more than one meaning today. Yes the weather is gorgeous, girls are out in their tiny tiny shorts, I have my flip flops and tank top on and sunglasses can be seen throughout campus.
But it is a beautiful day, we are alive, we woke up today. After my second class I got an email from someone special. The title of that email was "When you think life is tough", and he had enclosed a link. I was standing in line at Subway and reading this article, and tearing up. The article was about a brave soldier who had lost both his arms and his legs because of an IED in Afghanistan. The article talked about how in spite of it, he was in good spirits, and was looking towards coming back to the US, how he was glad to be able to drink milk, and the support he had around him. He has a baby and a wife, and they returned his wedding ring to him and he stated how happy he was because he thought it was gone forever. They talked about how he was more concerned with his other soldiers, than he was with himself even though he was the one who took the brunt of the blast.
I got teary eyed because of all the times I've complained about my finances, my job, my friends, my family, yet this young man was grateful to be alive, even though it will require an adjustment. We take so much for granted, and I was thinking that often times our hard times are hard for us, but someone could be dealing with something much worse. So today I just wanted to remind myself and also you guys to be grateful. The life you know and have could be gone in a blink of an eye. I want to know that if things get worse that I can still manage to smile like this soldier seems to be doing. What a great reminder for the beginning of the week, to get us to the end of the week.

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