In life, many things are relative.
You know how, sometimes, you think you have a problem and then you see someone else’s life and think, “Dang! My issues aren’t so big after all!”
It’s the old story of, “I felt sorry for myself because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.”
For example, I sometimes get really down on myself because I’m not a great housekeeper. Then I watch “Hoarders” and realize that my place is a showroom by comparison!
This morning I read this story about a couple that moved to a house in a brand new neighborhood that had been built where there was once (just a few months ago) a large woods. The remaining part of the forest abuts their yard. They are horrified that there are animals on their property. A raccoon came up onto the deck and a deer pooped in the yard.
Ah! The horror! Animals in the woods!
OK… I didn’t have much sympathy to start with since A) raccoons and deer in my yard sounds lovely to me and B) These people are living in one of the wealthiest parts of the entire world. This leads me to believe that they are not dirt poor and trapped by circumstance and I’m sure they could find any number of solutions to their “problem.” Like moving to… oh… I don’t know… NOT the woods.
Then, this afternoon, I read this story about a new baby elephant. She was born to one of the females in “Indonesia’s Flying Squad.” This is a small group of well-trained Sumatran elephants and their handlers “which are deployed to drive back wild elephants into the forest when they stray into nearby villages or farms.” Apparently, in that part of the world, elephants wandering into populated areas is quite the issue in public safety.
I couldn’t help it.
I giggled out loud.
I thought of the DC yuppies. I pictured them putting on their brand new golf outfits and heading out to the shiny BMW in the driveway only to find a massive pile of elephant poop on the front walk. “Honey! The darn elephants trampled on the Hydrangeas again!”
Stop fretting about the little stuff in life. It’s all relative.
Have a joyous weekend, my friends!
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