By Marnie Pehrson Kuhns
Have you ever said you were too old, too young, too poor, too fat, too thin, or anything like that? If so, you used the Law of Relativity against yourself. All these statements are comparisons.
The Law of Relativity states that things just are. We make them good or bad or measure them in comparison to other things. You may say a quarter is a big coin. Compared to what? Compared to a dime it might be a larger coin, but compared to a silver dollar, it is smaller.
If you’re in your mid-70’s and you say you’re too old to get a college degree, ask yourself, “Compared to what?”
My grandfather was 90-years-old when he went back to restaurant management school. He had a group of young students who became his friends; and he studied with them and hung around with them. He never thought he was too old to do anything! He lived like he would live forever.
When I first met my future husband back in 2017, I told him, “We have a lot in common and I like you, but I think you may be too old for me.” (He’s almost 10 years older than me.)
You know what he said? “Try to keep up!”
He’s right! I must stay in shape and take care of myself so I can keep up with him. He’s like the Energizer Bunny.
Don’t use the Law of Relativity against yourself! Use it to your advantage.
Whenever something is going on in your life that is difficult, you can always find someone who has it worse. While this isn’t always comforting, it can at least make you grateful that you do not have additional challenges.
There was a time when I had no home to call my own and no car that would function. I had just gone through a painful unexpected divorce and my mother died … all at the same time. This experience taught me that even in the times when you feel like nothing in your life is working, there is always something to be grateful for. I had my health. I had my children and grandchildren. I had great friends and a father who let me stay with them. I had a support system. Most of all I had God.
When I look back on that period, I do not remember it with pain or regret. I look back on it as the most spiritual and enlightening times of my life. Circumstances in my life were just circumstances. They didn’t define me or my potential. When I consider other people going through similar challenges who do not have an anchor of faith, I was incredibly blessed! My faith transformed my circumstances into rich blessings.
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