Certain events or experiences change our perspective. After 9/11 all the sudden Survivor wasn't quite as compelling. After you are almost hit by a car, that frustration you had with your cell phone coverage seems less significant. Its a matter of perspective bringing reality to the front instead of our petty problems. Combat soldiers understand this well. I got this in the mail, thought I'd pass it on to you all.
When a soldier comes home, he finds it hard...
|...to listen to his son complain about being bored.|
|...to keep a straight face when people complain about potholes|
|...to be tolerant of people who complain about the hassle of getting ready for work.|
|...to be understanding when a coworker complains about a bad night of sleep|
|...to be silent when people pray to God for a new car|
|...to control his panic when his wife tells him to drive slower|
|...to be compassionate when a businessman expresses a fear of flying|
|...to keep from laughing about anxious parents afraid to send their kids to summer camp|
|...to keep from ridiculing someone who complains about hot weather|
|...to control his frustration when a colleague complains about his coffee being cold|
|...to remain calm when his daughter complains about having to walk the dog|
|...to be civil to people who complain about their jobs|
|...to just walk away when someone complains that they only get two weeks of vacation a year|
|...to be forgiving when someone says how hard it is to have a new baby in the house.|
Now imagine being married to or being the child of one of these soldiers, being their parents, a loved one. Knowing what they go through and fearing for them every day. It isn't that none of these things are valid concerns, some are real problems. Its that if you have a proper perspective, they shrink in importance and it helps us think a bit less about ourselves.