And, of course, they do need it more than she does. We all become much more aware of needs around the world during disasters, but the truth is that every single day there are people whose basic needs go unmet. This is where I start to have a very difficult time being reasonable. How can I justify my little daily expenditures that are really so petty and unnecessary when other people are starving? The Hubs tells me to get a hold of myself, that I can't save the whole world. And he's right, I know he is. I mean, I kind of know. But shouldn't we ALL be trying a little bit harder? Maybe I should take a lesson from my 11-year-old. I mean, which need is greater: a hungry child's need for a meal, or my need for a 1/2 cup batter scoop so my cupcakes can be more uniform in size and I can feel fancy when I'm baking? Well, if you looked in my utensil drawer right now, you would see that just about a week ago I decided that my need to feel fancy was a greater need. The Hubs tells me that it's okay to do things like that, that it's okay to do things for ourselves. Part of me knows that it's okay, as long as we also give. But another part of me knows that we could always do more.
How do you guys walk that line in your life and with your family? Do you struggle to find balance in giving?
Nature's power is so awesome. Even as incredible destruction is taking place, regrowth occurs simultaneously. Here's some proof:
|Growing in the shelter of a grow-light and climate-controlled |
conditions in my laundry room.
|But, even outside, there are signs of regeneration. This is|
one of my ornamental pears. I don't really understand the
point of "ornamental" fruit trees - but they sure are pretty.
|Signs of life on one of my blackberry bushes! Come on spring!!|
|A "before" shot of a shelf in my closet. BTW, I have no idea|
where that NASCAR koozie came from or why it is in my closet.
|Let's not call this an "after." How about "during?" And don't even|
think about harshing on my Rosie the Riveter.
|This is only the junk I could fit in the basket for a photo. I|
actually got rid of a lot more than this. Woo hoo!