Ruminations

" THERE BUT FOR THE GRACE OF GOD GO I"

ON HEALTH
Am I physically handicapped? Can I see, speak, or hear? Am I suffering from a serious accident? Do I have cancer, heart disease, or some crippling disorder? Do I struggle with asthma or migraines? Am I addicted to smoking, drugs, alcohol, pornography, or gambling? Can I identify ten people whose health or addictions I would rather not have?

ON FAMILY
Does anyone in my family suffer from poor health? Are there any addicts who live in my house? Would anyone say that there are members of my family that are violent? Does anyone in my immediate family have a severe learning disorder?

ON ECONOMICS
Can I put food on the table? Am I poor or homeless? Do I have access to medical care? Am I employed or employable? Am I, or is someone I love, discriminated against?

ON EDUCATION
Can I read and write? Do I have any kind of severe learning disorder? Are there educational opportunities available to me and/or those I love?

ON FIDELITY
Do I suffer from infidelity? If I were in the hospital or a nursing home would anyone come to visit me? Could anyone in my immediate family legitimately claim that they have been neglected? Do I know anyone who is lonely, or has a broken heart?

ON SAFETY
Do I live in a safe neighborhood? Is anyone in my immediate family in danger because of where they live or the country they serve?

ON LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP
Do I have friends I trust? Have I lost someone I love to war, disease, misfortune, addictions, or the justice system? Do I have family members I can count on? Am I loved?

ON CHARACTER
Would others say I have integrity, a strong work ethic, a moral foundation? Do I have family, friends, or co-workers who have high standards? Does it matter that I don’t look like a movie star, play professional sports, have an IQ above 150, or not listed in Forbes Magazine as a billionaire?

ON SPIRITUALITY
Do I have a spiritual foundation to fall back on in times of stress, heartbreak, or peril? Have I experienced my "Dark Night of the Soul?" Do I trust in God?

Copyright - David Paul Eich


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