What Shall I Complain About?


What Shall I Complain About My Life?

When nearly half the human race lives on less than the cheapest Starbucks coffee (two dollars)

What Shall I Complain About My Life?

When my brothers and sisters in Africa die without a 10-cent malaria pill

What Shall I Complain About My Life?

When millions of children go to bed hungry in this great country of ours

What Shall I Complain About My Life?

When nearly half a million people are bonded slaves in today’s world!

What Shall I Complain About My Life?

When fifty million pray they wont fall ill for if they do they have nowhere to go.

What Shall I Complain About?

When there are more than one million homeless children (Try coming up with one million names!)

I could go on. I have a long list of things that are so terribly wrong with the world. So much sorrow and grief in this world. So many who need so little and yet don’t have it. They work all their lives for a meal, for a home, for a pair of shoes – but can’t get it. Life is just outside their reach. And yet they go on – hopeful of another new day; hopeful that human kindness is just around the corner.

I thought long and hard.

I looked at the problem different ways.

I analyzed it.

I reflected on it and stood upside down to get a different perspective on it.

But the answer is always the same – I am blessed. So blessed. I am bathed in grace.

I shall only cherish one emotion above all others in my life – and that is gratitude.

For if a moment should slip away without gratitude in my heart, understand dear Lord, that it is my old age – not my intent to disregard grace. Just to remember and embrace grace is itself grace.

Thank you, God.


About Dr. Gupta

Dr. Uma G. Gupta is the Founder and President of STEM.SMART, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the pipeline of U.S students interested in STEM careers. In addition, she is the CEO of PlanetGPA, an international student recruitment services that serves as an extension to the recruitment offices of U.S. universities.

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