Much like the men in the story, you would have to be blind not to notice that we are drowning in luxuries. It permeates us as it surrounds all around us! Each person ought to focus on the myriad of blessings that they’re showered with!
In my case, here’s but a few that I’m aware of:
I’ll start with the biggees.
I am blessed to be alive, escaping the likelihood of imminent death numerous times.
A few examples.
Over the years I left the land of the living,and was resuscitated by paramedics(when I checked out at home),and by the doctors(when I checked out at the hospital).
Here’s a few instances.
When the”accident”first occurred,and my spinal cord was crushed nearly completely right through,the lesion was at the very high level(c4,c5). In all likelihood I should have been able to take shallow breaths for a matter of a short few minutes.Let alone the ability to speak.In actuality,I breathed and spoke(screamed from massive pain) for about 45 minutes before help arrived and they were able to extricate me from our van(using the”jaws of life”)!
On Pesach, a couple of years ago,I suffered from a respiratory arrest.I am told that an ambulance arrived in short order,and the medics brought me back.
I also suffered from a couple of major heart attacks in the hospital. I feel no chest pains,or other classical symptoms of a heart attack.I just “happened” to be in the hospital for other reasons.In one case, I received four stents,and in the other,it took five full minutes to revive me.No brain damage!
Now for the small gifts.
For those familiar with Israeli folk music, Matanot Ketanot. For those unfamiliar, utube tsemed yeled matanot ketanot.
I will limit myself to my present condition(honestly, with the onset of my quadriplegia there is no end to the gifts)
I am blessed with this too cool device which allows me to “simply” gaze at letters on a screen. The computer, like magic, then verbalizes that which I’ve typed. I can even choose the voice and accent! I chose “Peter”, a British chap who sounds quite intelligent. This screen is mobile in that it can be installed onto my power chair. A friend who was in speech pathology, told me that such technology was non existent a mere 15 years ago. It is difficult to imagine not being able to communicate with this technology(I know because I suffered through being soundless for quite a few months).
I also have a couple of fancy delancy respirators. One comes along with me wherever I go. It is installed on the back of my power chair. My second respirator is stationary and is equipped with a humidifier. This one I use as I sleep. Both respirators have really cool settings, personalized to my breathing patterns. What a blessing!
I also have a hot to trot in/ex machine. I have this machine because I can’t clear my throat or cough. (You do that countless times every day, thank G-d). In my case secretions build up in my lungs. Much like a vacuum, the in/ex machine sucks my secretions out of my lungs. What a wonderful gift!
Once we become sensitive to the overabundant presents from Hashem, we will be much less likely to sweat the small stuff!! Our overabundant presents.
No matter how hot of a climate you live in 🙂