In the Inbox (by Jose Orez)

From: Coordinator of Volunteer Services

“We have a young man, thirty-six, on hospice
who has a very young child.
They want someone to help him do a life review
and perhaps put some pictures together
for he and his wife
so the child will know him.
Call me if you are willing to do this.”

The next time, friend, your life seems too hard,
check your Inbox.

A beautiful poem giving perspective on life.  A colleague where I work read the same poem and now it’s our custom to remind each other to remember the “Inbox”.  Remember the inbox?!  There is so much to be thankful for in life and in our lives.  But we quickly lose perspective, get distracted and lose ourselves in the worries and cares of daily living.  Our small problems become too big, because we lack perspective.  Our worries take over because we lack perspective.  Our sadness increases because we’ve forgotten the joy of all the simple pleasures in life and being aware of them and being grateful.  We forget that life is such a gift and we take so much for granted. When my life seems too hard, can I remember that someday life will end?  Perhaps that seems like such a morbid thought, but isn’t it freeing instead and even empowering?  For it moves me to remember what is most important, what is least important, what is meaningful and what is meaningless and to live each of my days well.

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