This morning during breakfast my almost 4 year old nephew said something that reminded me of a simple but important truth.
Here’s how it went down.
My husband was on the couch preparing his lesson for church, my sister making her breakfast, Daluwyn was eating his cereal at the table and I was pacing around talking about my problems to no one in particular. My family are very good at tuning out my whinging. At the end of my spiel, with no one answering, I looked to Daluwyn and said ” What do I DO Dal?”
With squinted eyes he replied ” Um, close the curtains?”.
I said ” Do you think that will that help solve my problems?
He said ” No, MY problems”.
I just had to smile at this. And of course, I quickly went to close the curtains so that he could finish his breakfast without the sun in his eyes.
Sometimes we can get so caught up in our own problems that we forget about other people who are going through difficulties. I use the term problems loosely because I know that I don’t really have any REAL problems. They are just challenges that can be worked through.
So, the next time I feel like complaining I am going to stop myself and check in with my family first to see how they are doing. They might need some serious advice, or they may just need the curtains closed! Either way, when I think about others I’m not thinking about myself and my 99 problems.