Nothing like some real suffering…

to make one realize how self-indulgent one has been. A story about a 15-year-old girl who died after performing genital self-mutilation on herself. She was embarrassed about not being circumcised.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/5109094.stm

Besides my heart aching for that child and her family, especially her mother, the whole story patently reminds me of all the blessings that I enjoy in my life. It gives me a different and important perspective. It also gives me a break from focusing on my problems. I believe these are good and important things for healing.