Good Things Surround Us

Overwhelming is a word which makes it difficult for me to find anything it describes.

For every challenge in life there’s a tool to overcome it. For every trial, there’s an equal or better blessing.

People around me are the same. I don’t see anyone who is overwhelmed by their troubles.

An example of this is a man I know who has a crippling case of arthritis. He has many reasons to be happy. He’s married to a brilliant, devoted woman. He has great, caring children. He even has grandchildren who boost his spirit. He has a job and friends. He also has an optimistic perspective on the afterlife. Why not? Jesus really does save everyone, whether it’s now or later.

Another person I worked with was confined to a wheelchair for the first part of his life. No one ever heard him complain. He tried to brighten everyone’s day whenever he was around. After years of cheering up others, he got some cheering of his own. He got some prosthetic legs. Soon after, he got a new job. As a grocery store cashier, he stands proudly in those prosthetic legs.

One other person I know had a terrible childhood. She decided long ago she wouldn’t let it haunt her, or even define her. She grew up to be a scientist. Now she teaches other people science.

Life is what you make it, for sure. But if you think you have troubles, just look around and you’ll see the good things outnumber the trials.

Published by Kurt Gailey

This is where I'm supposed to brag about how I've written seven novels, twelve screenplays, thousands of short stories, four self-help books, and one children's early-reader, but I'd rather stay humble. You can find out about things I've written or follow my barchive (web archive, aka 'blog) at or follow me on twitter @kurt_gailey. I love sports and music and books, so if you're an athlete or in a band or you're a writer, give me a follow and I'll most likely follow you back. I've even been known to promote other people's projects.

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