So often we get mired down in our own problems that we do not see another person's problem. Their problem makes our problem look like a walk in the park. This exact thing happened to me today, and now my problems do not seem like such a big deal.
Jeff told me a story tonight. As some of you know, he is a librarian at a local high school. He said that a student came in today and wanted to return a book that he had had checked out for a long time. The book had been reported lost. He had a fee for the lost book, which he had, and had a late fee. He needed to pay his late fee so that he could receive his report card tomorrow. Jeff said that this boy is a really nice kid. He is always smiling and friendly. Jeff looked up his fines and it said that he owed $36.00. He didn't have to pay the $35.00 because the book was not lost, but he did owe $1.00 for the late fee. As Jeff was talking to the student, the library phone rang, and Jeff's assistant answered it. While she was on the phone, Jeff told the student that all he owed was a dollar. The kid said he did not have a dollar with him. Jeff told him that was okay. He would call the secretary and tell her to go ahead and give him his report card tomorrow, because he was going to pay the fine. The young man said he wouldn't get his report card tomorrow anyway because he hadn't taken any of his finals. Jeff thought this was strange, but said, "Okay." As the kid left he said, "Thank you for your help, and have a good day!"
When Jeff's assistant came out of her office after talking on the phone, she told him that she had been talking to the secretary from the main office. The young man had been in her office a little earlier asking if he owed any money. She knew that he was coming to the library to check on his fines and she wanted to make sure that they told him he didn't need to pay the fines. In fact, the office staff had already decided they would pay anything he owed out of their own pockets!
Here is his story. This kid is 17 years old. His dad is in the final stages of cancer and is dying in the hospital. The kid is working a full time job on third shift. He goes to school, goes to the hospital to see his dad, takes a nap, and works all night, and then starts all over the next day. Jeff said you would never know he had any problems. He is always friendly and has a smile on his face.
This story really made me think. So many times we think our problems are so big. Sometimes we make the littlest things out to be the end of the world. We all know people who have a good life, but they are very unfriendly and never smile. Here is this kid dealing with issues that would discourage an adult and he does it with a smile on his face. We often talk about inspirations; this kid should be an inspiration to us all.
If he can go through life being friendly to people and with a smile on his face, so can we. I would like you all to pray for this young man. Pray that he is given the peace and the courage to deal with this difficult situation. Pray that he never loses his positive attitude, and that everything works out for him. Let us all try to be an inspiration like this young man. If he can do it, so can we.
Speaking of inspirations, have you visited Kim at Dear Daisy Cottage. Her home was featured in the 2009 Home Tour Edition of Country Sampler Magazine. She has a beautiful house, and is a very talented writer and photographer. I really enjoy visiting her blog, and I think you will too. Tell her Dan sent you. To visit Kim's blog, click here.
Thank you for visiting Yesterday Once More. I appreciate you making it part of your day. Don't forget to enter my give away; the deadline is March 20th. Check out my March 11th post for details. I hope you are having a wonderful evening, and that you are spending it doing something that you love. Never forget that there is always someone out there with bigger problems, and continue to be the inspiration that you are to so many people.
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