Perspective

I'm broke. I'm unemployed. I have few prospects for work. I may have to move away from all my friends and family. I'm lonely. I can't remember the last time I had a date. I could go on and on about all the problems and challenges I'm facing right now. But…

If I'm hungry, I have food to eat. If I'm thirsty I have clean water to drink. If I get hot I can turn on the air conditioning. If I want to know what's going on I can turn on the TV and find out. I have a dry bed to sleep in. I can take a shower when I wake up. I have a home to relax in. I can call my friends and family to find out how they are.

All the things in the second paragraph are more than the people of New Orleans have right now, so all the things in the first paragraph seem pretty trivial at this point. My heart goes out to all those affected by Hurricane Katrina.