A real life story is worth more than any advice, opinion and 'what-if' scenario. recently life thought me a lesson which I want to share with you.
One day I was sitting on a local bus, looking at variety of people getting on and off the bus at each stop. They were of different age, sex, build, weight... well, the general public. All of them however appeared to be healthy and none of them appeared to be in any pain. I was holding my painful knee and was thinking to myself: 'Why do I have to have pain in my knee? Why can't I be like one of the other people on the bus?' I was feeling that I am worse off than everyone else - even a guy that was notably older than me, appeared to be in a better physical shape. It felt so unfair.
At the next stop the bus driver came down and opened the wheelchair access ramp and up came a young girl sitting on a wheelchair. I am not good at guessing people's age, so all I can say is that she was a teenager. She was very jolly and as soon as she parked her wheelchair she started talking and joking with other passengers, myself included.
At first I thought that she probably have broken her legs, hence the wheelchair, but after several seconds the reason hit me in the eye. She had no legs from knees down.
When I saw that my perspective towards my problems changed, probably for ever. I no longer was feeling upset because I had pain in my knee. To the contrary I became thankful to God and I was feeling lucky that I have legs and I can walk. There are people who wish they had legs to walk on, no matter how painful it might be.