“Who is rich? One who celebrates what he has!” (Ethics of our Fathers 4:1)

Have you every had to have a surgery which required general anesthetics? Just a few days before surgery, the anesthesiologist calls to ask rapid fire questions about every thing one  never thought could to go wrong. For example:

  • Do you have any difficulty breathing?
  • Are you light headed?
  • Is your vision impared?
  • Is your hearing impared?
  • Are you on any medication?
  • Are you allergic to any medication?
  • Have you every had surgery before?
  • Have you ever had liquid in your lungs?
  • etc., etc., etc….

Of course, G-d forbid anyone should get sick or require surgery of any sorts. However, it is clear that most people stress over petty things every day. How much more stress sets in when a person gets sick and they’re just days before a major surgery. What perfect timing for a phone call from the anesthesiologist? What a major stress reliever even before the drugs?!

This is so true in so many other aspects of our daily lives. If we only knew how many wonderful blessings we have in our lives and understood even a fraction of the regular old “miracles” which occur every second, we’d be stress free, totally elated, and loving life twenty-four-seven….not that we aren’t – of course:)