Author: Orna Ross
Mary Taylor, LCSW - one of my closest and dearest friends. She is greatly missed. - Michael Tominac
‘”Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life thinking it is stupid.” Albert Einstein.
Almost everyone is familiar with the term, “Keeping up with the Joneses”, whereby people feel a need to compete with others by attaining new material objects and milestones of success in order to feel that they have worth. In the past, the main competition was located in your immediate environment, such as the neighbors on your street or those living in your community. Today, with advances in technology, the neighborhood has grown much bigger.
Recently, I was hospitalized several days for an illness. I was completely miserable.
After a full day in a crowded emergency room, I was finally admitted to the hospital. When I arrived in my room on Jefferson Ward, it was evident that the night housekeeping staff had poorly cleaned and prepped the room. In addition, the hospital bed was terribly uncomfortable. It consisted of an air mattress that was programmed to adjust the air pressure every minute or so. It was all a bit depressing.
The next morning, a very warm, attractive woman came into my room. To protect her identity, I will call her Grace. Grace was cheerfully talkative and offered to be of assistance in any way she could. She asked me why I was in the hospital and took an interest in my comfort. Full of joy and positivity, Grace energetically moved around in a jolly manner while performing her duties, attempting to uplift my spirits along the way.
When you reflect on your life, do you sometimes lament the choices you’ve made, directions you took or didn’t take, and wonder what could have been? You may find that you’ve achieved success in one or more areas of life, yet feel like you have fallen short in others. You might ask if your life is really going as planned? But do you ever ask yourself if the plan was even really yours to begin with? If it wasn’t yours, what got in the way of living the life you wanted to live?