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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Quit Complaining...Just Be Thankful

"I once complained that I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet."

You've probably seen this around. It's been on the internet for awhile. I actually experienced this type of thankfulness almost everyday while I was employed at the local food bank and homeless shelter. Our society is so embedded in needing things and getting the newest things, we rarely stop to think about what is really important.

My mom used to say, "can't take it with you." I guess that ideology got stuck in my brain, because as an adult I clearly have different priorities than those around me. I am grateful to live in a place where I can have my own ideals and opinions and be able to speak about them without fear.

Today is Election Day. I don't care who you support, but for goodness sake VOTE. You can't complain about what's happening in our country if you choose to be apathetic and do nothing. Although many feel "their vote doesn't count" we all have to do it. Otherwise apathy will take over and everyone's rights will be subject to violation. Get out and do it today. It's a blessing we should be thankful for, not apathetic about.

Continuing with our family tradition of voicing our thankfulness we sat down today to list our blessings. It goes without saying we are so happy to have a nice home, clothing, food, health care and good health, family and friends and our faith. The point of this tradition isn't to gloss over the obvious, but to really dig deep and think about how dramatically different life would be without the things we rarely think about. This year we are grateful for: new found talents, indoor plumbing, On Demand TV, baptism, the ability to read, freedom, time, online shopping and new opportunities.

My challenge for my readers: Think about a new blessing each day of this month. Many are posting on Facebook or Twitter, some on their own blogs or in emails. Anyway you do it, count your blessings.

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