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Janey, my wife's cousin Guadalupe Iniguez, who lives on our street, has to drive from here in the California High Desert every morning to her job "down below" in San Bernardino which is thirty plus miles from here. She gets up about 5:00 A.M. and is on her way to San Bernardino by 6:00. Not being educated, she works at an uninspiring dead-end job. After she gets off work, she comes up here again, arriving about 5:00 p.m. She then eats and goes over to the parish church to work with youth activities. This lasts until 9:00 P.M. She's usually in bed by ten P.M. She keeps up this routine six days a week. One day, I asked her how she was able to stand up under this strain. She replied that for her, the experience of helping those kids is actually restful to her, making her life more meaningful. She says, "It's much better than staying at home with my husband, watching TV football until bedtime."
Here's another interesting case. My wife and I recently became friends with a certain Mexican family. The man of the house can no longer work because he got hurt on the job. To keep from going insane, he spends the days training his fifteen year old pet rooster "Chano", two little dogs, and a cat. The dogs and the cat can do incredible stunts, but this rooster is something else. Anyone who says roosters can't be trained doesn't know what he's talking about. When the man took us out into the back yard, he yelled, "Chano, come over here and meet my new friends." Chano ran over to us, looked up, and started clucking affectionately, delighted to meet his master's new friends. I wish everybody could meet Chano!
There many things we can do without letting the cares of this world embitter our lives.