Monday night, Debby noted that there was not enough hot water while she was washing dishes. She asked me to go and check the hot water heater. Now, I am not the handyman. I had no idea what I was doing. My son John asked me, "what are we going to do?" I couldn't lie, so I said I had no idea but we'd know when we got there.
While I'm not the handyman, I do know that water pooling underneath the hot water heater isn't good. We called the person responsible, drained the hot water heater, and cleaned up the water.
To manifest my growing spiritual freedom, I didn't lose my temper (more than once), or begin to whine about how this always happens. But every now and then I did wince at the nuisance and dollars this was costing.
Of course, leave it to your wife to provide perspective. She reminded me of 2 great things about the hot water heater breaking. 1) For the last 3 years, we've spent this week of the year with John in surgery in Cincinnati at John's specialist. This year we are at home. 2) If we had been in Cincinnati, the entire basement would have flooded - carpet, sheetrock, etc. As it stands, it was only a nuisance.
Maybe you need some perspective today. What are you looking at as bad that could actually be worse? What are you wining about that you should be thankful about?
Sometimes perspective is painful...