In a world full of material things to have or own, it’s easy to get caught up in thoughts about what we want. We often forget that we have everything we really need right in front of us: family, some money to get by, and food to keep our bellies full.
Home nurse Amanda Mary Perez had been focusing on all the things that she still wanted, like a new car and clothes. But it wasn’t until she visited a patient at his house that her perspective changed.
In a Facebook post, she tells friends that the man she was caring for asked her to clean his fridge. But when she opened the door, she was shocked to find the fridge totally empty.
The sight of the empty fridge broke her heart. She knew that she had to do something to help him out, as the patient said that he only bought food when he had the money to do so. While she was shopping, she realized that her “needs” were nothing compared to his.
Now scroll down to read the home nurse’s inspirational message about kindness and gratitude.
I have never felt so ungrateful in my life than I did today. Someone once told me, it doesn’t matter what you have now because as a human you’ll always have the mindset that it’s not enough and you need or want more.
Lately I have been so upset because I wanted the material [things] in life. New car, house, more clothes and shoes, etc…
For those of you who don’t know, I am a personal care aide (at-home nurse). I take care of people with all types of conditions. I was at my client’s home this morning and one of the jobs he asked me to do for him was clean his fridge.
I opened it and this is what I saw… seeing this, I quickly turned over and asked him who buys him food. He pointed at himself and looked down as if he was ashamed. He said “I buy food when I have the money” I cried. I have never seen a fridge so empty in my life. THANK MY LORD.
All of a sudden I realized how my needs are wants and his wants are needs. You have to eat to live, of course. I cleaned his fridge and left when my shift was over but when I got in my car I knew I COULD NOT GO HOME knowing all of this… I don’t have food stamps or a good-paying job so I used my income tax money to fill his fridge as much as I could.
This isn’t a post to be noticed, this is a post to show you that there are so many people out there that have it worse than we do. I opened my eyes and realized I need to stop being so mad about what I don’t have and start appreciating what I do have.
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