glassMy life changed in a second

One minute I was enjoying a relaxing Sunday afternoon at home and the next I was driving myself to the nearest medical center to get stitches on a finger that had been cut by broken glass.

As I sat in the waiting room trying to fill out the required paperwork with my right hand, my right finger kept bleeding through the layers of paper towels that I had hastily grabbed as I rushed to my car.  I didn’t understand why they insisted I complete the paperwork when I was barely able to hold a pen.

A young boy kept watching me in the waiting room.  I didn’t want to frighten him, so I remember trying to act like it was perfectly normal to be holding a clip board and pen with a finger wrapped in blood soaked towels.

When I finally got into the examination room the doctor on call determined that the cut was deep and it required two layers of stitches.  I learned later from a specialist that they should never put two layers of stitches in the hand.

A few months later, I am still reminded of the injury.  Every time I try to write, pick up a fork, use scissors, unlock the door, water the garden, carry groceries or many of the other things we do every day without thinking, my finger freezes into a painful position.

What I’ve Learned

Life lessons have taught me that it is counterproductive to blame others or focus on the negative by asking questions like “why did this have to happen to me?”  It doesn’t help to constantly complain about the pain.

I’ve learned that in any situation it is possible to find something positive, even if at times it appears that it does not exist.  With my injury I see the scar and I think that I am really lucky that I still have my finger.

In our busy lives, I think we sometimes focus so much on all of the things that are wrong that we neglect to notice all of the wonderful things that are right.

We live in a world of excess, perhaps feeling entitled to a life of luxury, when in reality, we should recognize and be grateful for every little thing.

How to find the good

If you are currently feeling the harsh realities of life, I hope this encourages you to find a way to focus on positive things.

If you can’t see the positive then I challenge you to spend a day with one arm wrapped so you cannot move one of your hands (or cover one of your eyes, or stand with just one leg . . .)

After a few hours I guarantee you will once again begin to see and appreciate the little things that we take for granted every day.

Many of us are blessed with the ability to see, hear, taste, walk, talk and visit with family and friends.  Do we count these blessings?

Count Your Blessings 

When I was young our family watched “White Christmas” during the holidays.  I remember the song “Count Your Blessings” with Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney where they sing:

“If you’re worried and you can’t sleep just count your blessings instead of sheep and you’ll fall asleep counting your blessings.”

I’ve discovered I have more blessings than I can count.  I hope you do too.