Put it in perspective

This morning (and for the last few mornings) I’ve been waking around 5am to get some work done before the kids wake.  There have been a few work issues that have been playing on my mind and stopping me from sleeping past this ungodly hour.

As is my routine, I jumped on Facebook first before tackling the actual work (because that will ease my mind!).  I read that it has been two years since my cousin lost her twin girls, another friend who has recently had a bone marrow transplant is back in hospital after some complications and a blogger I follow is dealing with so many issues after the death of her partner.

Reading those real life, heart wrenching issues really puts it all into perspective.

Yes, work can be tough. Yes it can even be overwhelming.  There are certainly times when it feels all-consuming.

But it’s work.

The only reason I care is that I’m passionate about what I do.  I love seeing someone’s face when they are happy with a completed project and it all comes together.  The flip side of that is that I can become obsessive and over think things.  Doing work until the wee hours and re-doing things that were just fine in the first place.

I have to remind myself of the following: my family is healthy, I have a roof over my head and I’m able to feed and clothe my children.  I have great friends and (some) wonderful family who I can rely on.

So tonight, as I lay my head on the pillow and a million thoughts race through my brain reminding me of all the things I could be doing, I’m going to push them aside and think of my friends and family who have real problems.

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