Assalam alaikum & Peace to all
As I sit here, sipping my coffee and contemplating my life (yeah I do that...didn't you know?) I really feel blessed. Now I did not feel that way at all this morning, or even last night. They called for a snow storm for the morning, well alhamduillah it had stopped by this morning, but the roads were still well covered and slippery. Last night at around 9:00 o'clock I look outside and saw nothing but black roads. Skip ahead about an hour and a half, pull aside the blinds and OMG ( I know I shouldn't really use that expression but it's a habit) the roads were completely covered by a very thick blanket of snow. Hubby asks 'what?' (he saw my expression and heard my OMG) so what does he do... pulls aside the blinds and goes, 'OMG' (what did he think my original OMG was for?? -Men!) Then he says, 'so, tomorrow is a snow day?' I scoff at him and say, 'Yeah what do you think?' I never get snow days although I wish I did!
So waking up this morning, I listen to the snow ploughs scrapping the road and think what it would be like if I just stayed in bed? Ugg... that won't happen so better stand up and get an earlier start. As I get ready I have the TV going, to listen to the traffic reports and such, they inform me that the delays are about double or triple my usual travelling time - oh great that means in 2-3 hours I should be in at work... seriously who actually gets up 2 or 3 hours earlier to make it in on time?? (Well not me certainly!) So I make my way outside and start the 45 kM 'treck' to work. Alhamduillah it was not that bad! I actually was only about 10 mins late to work! The roads were slippery and snow covered but the highways were mostly wet - so at least I was able to drive at a good speed and not loose too much time.
Alhamduillah Alhamduillah! I was saying after I arrived - truly after driving such a long distance and for so long (I've worked here for 10 years!) I just cannot handle it anymore. I am praying that I am given patience, as I just cannot find another job right now, it is truly God's will, I will find a job or not. But now that the sun is out and I've had my first coffee, I sit here and think, it really is not that bad.
Sure I feel so unmotivated at work, sure I drive long distances, sure it's Canada and this is winter here - but there are so many other people in this world who are suffering and are homeless, hungry, cold, in need of medicine and I am complaining about driving into work in my nice warm car? Kind of puts things into perspective doesn't it?
I remember just over ten years ago on a warm July, how I wished that my life would have been boring and common and how I would have loved to be driving in the snow instead of in the hospital watching my Father pass on from this life into the next.
Yes, I think I'll look outside and be amazed at how beautiful the trees are swaying under the heavy snow. I'll look at the small squirrel running up the tree carrying small pieces of food, perhaps to his family, and I will be thankful for it all - all the small things in life!