I’m selfish. I don’t mean to be, but it’s part of being human I guess. My husband and I are in the process of buying a house. We close on February 26. I have to tell you that I am very excited but I also am highly overwhelmed. There are a lot of papers to sign and send in. There are many meetings with the realtor and inspector and loan officer and I can’t help stressing out about the whole process. I get so caught up in what could go wrong that I forget to enjoy this whole process and focus on the big picture: we are buying a house!
When something goes awry, it’s difficult for me to forget that it’s not the end of the world. There haven’t been any major issues. Nothing has happened in the whole process that can’t easily be fixed. But still, I worry. I fixate on the small stuff and consider my troubles to be Earth-shattering. And then I remember the families that I talk to on a daily basis at Kids Wish Network.
I think about the families that call in to us who are looking for help. I get a variety of phone calls from families who are at the end of their rope. Some of them don’t have a place to live, food to eat. Their children are sick. They have no money. They are desperate. The people who call in to Kids Wish Network are the ones with the real problems. I am stressing about having to get papers signed and sent to the right place so I can move into my new home. How stupid is that? Our families are stressing out about whether or not their children will eat, where they will sleep or if their medical condition can be cured.
So when I am feeling selfish and worrying about my problems, I’m going to make a point of taking a moment to remember the real issues out there. No more, “poor me, I’m buying a house and I’m stressed.” Instead, I will give thanks for the blessings in my life, and do my part, both here at Kids Wish Network and outside of the office, to make sure others who are not as fortunate as my husband and I receive a bit of hope.