but then i sit back and consider what is going on in the world and it seems foolish, ignorant, almost elitist even to complain about my first world problems. i've been keeping a copy of my most favorite prayer with me during the day, looking at it, repeating it so so often. it helps me try to sort it all out and give things up that are not mine, and just breathe.
Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury,pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.