Putting Life Into PerspectiveFebruary 6th, 2011
At some point later in the week, I was coming home late at night, exhausted from another massive work session, and I was surprised to see a man passed out in the hallway of my apartment, using a bag of Doritos as a pillow. It’s an exterior hallway, and even though it has doors, it just basically blocks the wind and is usually pretty cold. I felt really bad for this guy, especially since it was the coldest day of that week. I didn’t know if he was another tenant, or if he was homeless, or just someone who had stumbled inside drunk from the bars downtown. I didn’t care though, I felt I had to do something. So I took a few blankets out and covered him up. I figured it was the least I could do. I left a little note beside him saying which apartment the blankets were from, in the hopes that he’d fold them and leave them by the door in the morning. Well, the next morning, he was gone, the Doritos were gone, and the blankets were gone. I guess he needed them more than me. That’s okay.
It really made me think, and although it was kind of sad, it has reminded me to be grateful for everything I have. As you crawl into your warm bed tonight, think about everything you’re grateful for. If you’re able to read this post right now, and you’re generally healthy, you’re better off than a lot of people on this planet.
Rather than thinking about how much your job/school sucks, how you wish you had more money/sex/vacation time, instead, focus on gratitude and appreciation. I’ve been doing that, and it has totally turned my outlook around. I remember that I have things to look forward to, and to take pleasure in the simple things like friends and family, a simply cooked meal, or a nice cold beer. I know it sounds cheesy, but work can be much more enjoyable if you go at it with a positive attitude.
Sometimes you just need to put things in perspective.