Just this week…
One of my favorite people lost her dad to cancer and one of my childhood friends called to tell me his dad was just diagnosed.
In Pakistan, the Taliban butchered 141 people, mostly children at a school. In Yemen, 26 children were killed by terrorists—it barely made the news.
In Newtown, Connecticut, parents marked the second anniversary of the Newtown Massacre and face another holiday season without their children.
In suburban Philadelphia, an Iraq War Veteran killed six family members before taking his own life. It is said that the soldier suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
I don’t list these items to depress you, but merely to ask that we exercise some perspective as we navigate the daily inconveniences of our lives.
Last I looked, the sun was shining, gas prices are low, we are using dollars not rubles and the temperature is just delightful.
Downtown Delray Beach is abuzz with activity and people seem happy as they stroll Atlantic Avenue and snap family pictures in front of holiday displays.
We visited Mizner Park this week and it was packed with shoppers and diners. I saw a lot of smiles, despite the long lines at the valet. If waiting for a valet is your biggest concern, you have it pretty good.
Life is fragile.
Tomorrow is not guaranteed.
Clichés, but true nonetheless.
Your world can be rocked by one phone call or simply by being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Here are some of the greats on perspective:
“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”
― Abraham Lincoln
“Some people see the glass half full. Others see it half empty.
I see a glass that’s twice as big as it needs to be.”
― George Carlin
“The optimist sees the donut, the pessimist sees the hole.”
― Oscar Wilde