I’m blessed. I’m more than blessed. The people I surround myself with are friggin’ awesome.
My wife and daughters? Simply the best.
My brothers? Very cool.
My friends? So much fun.
My in-laws? Amazing.
But sadly I hear story after story of people who are surrounded by total turds and it just ain’t right. Here’s an email I just received last night.
I was diagnosed 7 years ago with celiac disease, so it’s not anything new to them. We usually bring the entire meal, so they don’t have to worry about accommodating my diet, not that they would anyway. At least I know I’ll be able to eat/celebrate with them.
I was very sad when I opened my gift this year to find a giant tin of gluten-filled store-bought cookies!!! I was so taken aback. I said, “Thanks, I’m sure Tom will enjoy eating these.” I know it’s the thought that counts, but then WHAT was she thinking? Giving gluten cookies to a celiac is like giving a basketball to a blind man or a work-out video to someone in a wheelchair.
I felt very sad. On the way home, in the dark, I shed silent tears.
The world is an ugly place and it’s getting uglier by the minute. We’re losing our way as a civilization. We’ve been given this amazing planet to live on and instead of sharing our resources peacefully, we argue and we fight and we kill. Over land. Over religion. Over politics. Over money. What a waste.
My point? Life is short. You deserve to be happy. We all deserve to be happy. Celiac or no celiac.
If you are surrounded by people like the above, get them out of your life. It’s inexcusable for anyone EVER to give a box of gluten-filled cookies to a celiac.
Get the toxins out of your life and find yourself some peace.