Cure for the Common Cold

December 19th, 2014

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A miserable head cold, problems with my new iPhone, spending money on junk that no one really needs under the tree, on hold with a health insurance company for 45 minutes (45 MINUTES!) — all day I felt as if I were swimming against a tide of stupid problems that threatened to wear me out before I got to shore. ┬áBut when the really nice customer service person finally picked up with all the information I needed, I realized how crass it is to complain about the health insurance I’m lucky to have. And later, when I was standing in a steam-filled shower to get warm and clear my sinuses, I suddenly thought how miraculous it was to have hot water come right into my house on demand 24 hours a day. And when I remembered there was an unopened bottle of prosecco in the refrigerator and a can of Campbell’s Tomato Soup that I was saving for a sick day, I felt humbled and embarrassed by everything I take for granted. And that’s the cure for the common cold, the calloused conscience and the discontented heart.





One Response to “Cure for the Common Cold”

  1. Veronica says:

    Perspective. I try to shift mine when I’m caught up in minor frustrations and disappointments. Especially important when parenting teens.

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