I have no idea where I found this quote. If anyone knows where it comes from, please let me know.
"'One of the things I'm thankful for every day is my share in the world's work,' said a wise and busy woman. 'I am thankful that my hands are full.' The blessing of full hands and full days is noen that we fail to appreciate until illness or some other misfortune forces us to stand by while the eager, useful procession passes by without us. A vital part in the world we live in, a head and a hand for us to work, a heart for its needs, its oys, its burdens and faith for its outlook -- these are the best gifts that can be ours for healthful and happy days.'"
You know, the sentiment in this is so true. I am grateful that I have never been stricken with a permanetly disabling illness, but I have had chronic health issues that have slowed me down. It's funny how when we are sick, we do look at tasks in a new way. Jobs that might seem tedious when you are full of health and wanting to go outside to enjoy a spring day take on a new glamour. If we are bedridden for a day or a week or longer, we would be so grateful to be up and able to wash dishes or do laundry or vacuum the floors. When ill, a little leisure is enjoyable. But, if the illness hangs on, so much time of enforced rest can hang heavy on our hearts. The health to work is a blessing! We do well to remember that and to teach our children that, as well.