Nurse Left Emotionally Shaken When Elderly Man Asks Her to Clean Nearly Empty Fridge

By Li Yen, Epoch Times
June 30, 2019 Updated: July 6, 2019

Like many of us, this nurse was also hooked onto collecting more material possessions. But one day, she was emotionally shaken when she opened her client’s fridge. Deeply saddened by what she saw, she came to the realization that she should start appreciating what she has instead of being dissatisfied with her life.

Amanda Perez, a home nurse from Lebanon, Pennsylvania, shared about her client’s plight that tugged at her heartstrings.

Amanda Rivera စာစုတင်ရာတွင် အသုံးပြုမှု ၂၀၁၈၊ ဇန်နဝါရီ ၂၈၊ တနင်္ဂနွေနေ့

As a home nurse, Perez visits  homes to take care of people with all kinds of conditions. During one such visit at an elderly man’s home, she was asked to clean the fridge—but when she opened the fridge, she was shocked.

Amanda Rivera စာစုတင်ရာတွင် အသုံးပြုမှု ၂၀၁၇၊ မတ် ၇၊ အင်္ဂါနေ့

There was almost nothing in the refrigerator! Seeing the nearly empty fridge, she turned to the elderly man to ask who buys him food. The old man looked down, as if ashamed, and said, “I buy food when I have the money.”

“I cried. I have never seen a fridge so empty in my life,” Perez wrote in her Facebook post.

I have never felt so ungrateful in my life then I did today.. Someone once told me, it doesn't matter what you have now…

Amanda Rivera စာစုတင်ရာတွင် အသုံးပြုမှု ၂၀၁၇၊ မတ် ၇၊ အင်္ဂါနေ့

The sight of the almost empty fridge hit her really hard, and she never “felt so ungrateful” than she did that day. Lately, Perez had been upset over material pursuits; she wanted more material possessions, like a new car, a house, more clothes, and more shoes.

“Someone once told me, it doesn’t matter what you have now because as a human you’ll always have the mindset that it’s not enough and you need or want more,” she wrote. “All of a sudden I realized how my needs are wants and his wants are needs.”

Amanda Rivera စာစုတင်ရာတွင် အသုံးပြုမှု ၂၀၁၇၊ မတ် ၇၊ အင်္ဂါနေ့

Perez cleaned the fridge, and left when her shift was over. However, she knew she couldn’t go home without helping the elderly man. So, even though she wasn’t earning a good salary, she drove to the grocery store to buy the old man a trolley full of food—using her own tax return.

Amanda Rivera စာစုတင်ရာတွင် အသုံးပြုမှု ၂၀၁၇၊ မတ် ၇၊ အင်္ဂါနေ့

She later returned to the elderly man’s house to fill his fridge. Perez said she didn’t write the post “to be noticed.” But rather, she hopes that through this story, people will learn to be more appreciative of what they already have because “there are so many people out there that have it worse than we do.”

Amanda Rivera စာစုတင်ရာတွင် အသုံးပြုမှု ၂၀၁၇၊ မတ် ၇၊ အင်္ဂါနေ့

“I opened my eyes and realized I need to stop being so mad about what I don’t have and start appreciating what I do have,” she wrote.

Well said, Perez! Thanks for showing us that “the depth of your abundance depends on the depth of your gratitude.”

Amanda Rivera စာစုတင်ရာတွင် အသုံးပြုမှု ၂၀၁၆၊ ဒီဇင်ဘာ ၂၈၊ ဗုဒ္ဓဟူးနေ့