While doing a random internet search, I found this article that really touched me. It is a poignant reminder of how lucky most of us truly are: She's on top of the world with $400 a week. Just the day before, I read an article about how "rich" most of the world is – ice for drinks, a rodent free place to sleep, a chance of medical care – compared to a few hundred years ago.
While there are families who are truly struggling, I ha've been trying to reframe the troubles in my life in terms of the blessings they represent: Oh, my gosh, I have so much laundry to do! What a blessing to have so many clothes. The kids won't stop fighting! Thank goodness they are all healthy. It is so hot in this house! How wonderful to have a secure home. (Plus, I could choose to turn on the air conditioning if I wanted to.)
It isn't an easy exercise and I don't know how much longer I can keep it up, but it certainly is interesting and very educational.