I experienced one of those moments today that made me think: “There, but for the grace of God, go I…” I received a call from an old high school friend who lives in the same town as I do now but we really don’t hang out together. We’ve talked on the phone a few times since we randomly ran into each other a couple of years ago and exchanged phone numbers. We send Happy Holidays text messages to each other but that’s about it. She called out of the blue because she needed to borrow $7 to take a test for a new job. She also needed this money delivered to her because she doesn’t have a vehicle. It seems her life has taken her down many rough roads, high drama and bad luck. I gladly helped her out but was left thinking “Oh wow. That could’ve been me.” If I had made one wrong choice that led me down a different path, I too could be in the sad position of needs of the most basic kind. It’s quite a scary thought. It made me really appreciate my life how it is right now. And quite frankly, I feel spoiled. And lucky. And thankful. Because I live in a nice house, I get to take care of my children, I have a dependable, trustworthy husband, and if I need something – I just drive myself to the store and get it. Some people, like my old friend, do not have those luxuries.
Sure, I complain a lot about all the aches and pains of turning 40ish but it could be so much worse. Thinking of how some people live – well, I guess the line between normal and poor white trash is pretty narrow and easy to cross over if the wrong choices occur. We all sometimes think of ‘How things could’ve been’ for the better, like if we had gotten that certain college degree instead, or took that other job, or traveled the world before we had children – but how often do we stop and think, ‘Well, things could’ve been worse…’ realistically?
It’s good to have people in your life who are reminders to count your blessings and be thankful. Everyone needs a wake up call occasionally to the realities of our lives. Every choice we make does have direct effect on our futures even when we don’t realize it. Sometimes it takes years of being on a road before you realize that the other road running next to you is much bumpier and if you would’ve taken that road instead, well, you very well might have made some wrong turns, gotten lost and not be where you are today.
There, but for the grace of God, go I…(thank you God for getting me where I am today because You know I would not have made here without you!)