Mountains From Molehills

Everybody’s got a mountain to climb, and most of those mountains are bigger than mine.

Steve Seskin

Monday was worse than usual. Some would say that, for a Monday, that’s pretty bad. As I was setting up a few things for my class, the power in the building failed. It was only off for a couple of seconds, but it was enough to shut everything down. All the work I had done was undone in the blink of an eye. So, I started over, setting up my class again. A few minutes later, we experienced another power failure. Once again, what work I had accomplished was wiped out. The tenuous love/hate relationship I have with technology was quickly deteriorating into all-out hostility.

While plugging away to get everything running right, I struck up a conversation with the students who had arrived early. That’s when one fellow told me, “I spent the last week in the hospital. I’m fighting cancer for the second time, and the meds are at odds with my body.” I paused in what I was doing—and thinking. I had been getting upset over a minor irritation—a molehill—and this guy was was facing a daunting climb up a mountain. There’s nothing like getting whacked in the head with the two-by-four of perspective.

As you move through your world of aching souls this week, remember that someone’s facing a mountain that’s bigger than yours. Thank God for your irritations and be a blessing.

That’s something to think about.

Published by Rob

I teach, therefore I am.

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