Rushville Republican

April 15, 2014

Don't sweat the small things

By Kate Thurston Rushville Republican
Rushville Republican

---- — There are a few things in life that really get under my skin, one of which is complaining.

Yes, I complain sometimes, but it doesn’t last too long at all before I put myself in check.

There was a story this week that really touched my heart and like many other stories out there made me take another look around at my life and the lives of others around me.

Lacey Holsworth, an eight year old girl took her last breath last week. Holsworth had neuroblastoma, a fetal-nerve cell cancer that took her life at a very young age. She went through rounds and rounds of chemotherapy, lost her hair and wore a bright blond wig. Her family and friends told press that she was so courageous through it all, smiling all the time. She didn’t complain much although she was in pain and tired for the past couple years. Her legacy started when Holsworth became friends with Michigan State’s Adreian Payne and accompanied him throughout the Spartans’ run to the Big Ten championship and the NCAA tournament. Payne became best friends with Holsworth; she called him her “Superman.”

This is what I am talking about. People complain too much about their lives and how bad they are. If you really took a step back and took a long hard look at your situation, you would, I hope, begin to see that your life is not half bad. When I think about complaining, I always remember to tell myself, someone else has it worse. I know of a few people that will totally disagree with me, but this is my own opinion.

I woke up this morning and got out of bed, although I was tired and didn’t feel like it, I did. Someone else wasn’t that fortunate and didn’t wake up.

I walked out of my house and to my truck, which doesn’t seem like much to most, but there was someone out there who couldn’t do that. Maybe someone who is paralyzed, in a wheelchair and aren’t capable.

It’s the small things like the ones I just mentioned that we take for granted. Our problems are small compared to a lot of others.

I think you can compare how things affect different people, but sometimes people get so wrapped up in their own drama, they forget the big picture. You never know someone’s whole story and they may be having a rough time in life. My point is, quit complaining about small things. Don’t be so negative. Be positive, you will be much more pleasant to be around. No one likes a Negative Nancy or a Debbie Downer. Be appreciative of what you have, be thankful.

I read a quote once from an unknown author, “As you waste your breath complaining about life, someone out there is breathing their last. Appreciate what you have.”

Contact Kate Thurston at 765-932-2222 ext. 105.