When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
If you are like I am events can sometimes get you down. I know in my case this year has provided me some challenges that occasionally left me in the doldrums. As I am sure you know that when things get tough stopping to feel sorry for yourself just males things worse. I have learned long ago focusing on what is wrong masks the things that are right in our lives.
Here is a piece from Marc Chernoff that is worth keeping around for reference on the dark days.
10 Privileges We Forget to Be Thankful For
Even in times of uncertainty – even when life seems far from perfect – it’s always important to keep things in perspective.
- You are alive.
- You didn’t go to sleep hungry last night.
- You didn’t go to sleep outside.
- You had a choice of what clothes to wear this morning.
- You haven’t spent a minute in fear for your life.
- You know someone who loves you.
- You have access to clean drinking water.
- You have access to medical care.
- You have access to the Internet.
- You can read.
Some might say you are incredibly wealthy and privileged, so remember to be thankful for all the things you do have.
When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.
The other day I went up to a local Christian bookstore and saw a honk if you love Jesus bumper sticker. I was feeling particularly sassy that day because I had just come from a thrilling choir performance, followed by a thunderous prayer meeting, so I bought the sticker and put in on my bumper.
I was stopped at a red light at a busy intersection, just lost in thought about the Lord and how good He is and I didn’t notice that the light had changed. It is a good thing someone else loves Jesus because if he hadn’t honked, I’d never have noticed. I found that LOTS of people love Jesus. Why, while I was sitting there, the guy behind started honking like crazy, and when he leaned out of his window and screamed, “for the love of God, GO! GO!” What an exuberant cheerleader he was for Jesus.
Everyone started honking! I just leaned out of my window and started waving and smiling at all these loving people. I even honked my horn a few times to share in the love. There must have been a man from Florida back there because I heard him yelling something about a sunny beach…
I saw another guy waving in a funny way with only his middle finger stuck up in the air. When I asked my teenage grandson in the back seat what that meant, he said that it was probably a Hawaiian good luck sign or something. Well, I’ve never met anyone from Hawaii, so I leaned out the window and gave him the good luck sign back. My grandson burst out laughing, why even he was enjoying this religious experience.
A couple of the people were so caught up in the joy of the moment that they got out of their cars and started walking towards me. I bet they wanted to pray or ask what church I attended, but this is when I noticed the light had changed. So, I waved to all my sisters and brothers grinning, and drove on through the intersection. I noticed I was the only car that got through the intersection before the light changed again and I felt kind of sad that I had to leave them after all the love we had shared, so I slowed the car down, leaned out of the window and gave them all the Hawaiian good luck sign one last time as I drove away.
Praise the Lord for such wonderful folks!
I went to the Missing Persons Bureau. No one was there.
A city slicker was driving through the country when he spotted a horse standing in a field. He was quite taken with the animal and so pulled over to ask the farmer if it was for sale.
“Afraid not,” said the farmer.
“I’ll give you a thousand bucks!” said the city fella.
“I can’t sell you that horse. He don’t look too good,” replied the farmer.
“I know horses and he looks fine. I’ll give you two thousand!”
“Well, all right, if you want him so bad.”
The next day, the man returned the horse, screaming that he had been taken advantage of. “You sold me a blind horse!”
“Well,” said the farmer, “I told you he didn’t look too good.”
Tough times never last, tough people do.
One of the busiest times for a meat-department manager in a supermarket occurs when there is a sale on particular cuts. When we put cross-rib roasts on sale one day the result was predictable. I’d bring out a cart of roasts and before I could get them on display, women customers were jostling for their share. Three times I returned with a cart of roasts and three times they were gone before I got to the counter. The fourth time out I noticed that a man who had quietly been watching began to approach my cart. He elbowed his way in, pushing and shoving, and finally grasped a roast. Before he could retreat from the crush, an irate woman glared at him and said, “Sir, how about being a gentleman!”
The fellow turned and said, “Ma’am, for twenty minutes I’ve been a gentleman, now I’m going to be a lady!” And with that he smiled, took his roast and walked away
If you get cheated by the Better Business Bureau, who do you complain to?
Taking advantage of a balmy day in New York, my brother and three other priests swapped their clerical garb for polos and khakis and time out on the golf course. After several really horrible shots, their caddy asked,
“You guys wouldn’t be priests by any chance?”
“Actually, yes, we are,” one cleric replied. “Why?”
“Because,” said the caddy….
“I’ve never seen such bad golf and such clean language!”
A keen sense of humor helps us to overlook the unbecoming, understand the unconventional, tolerate the unpleasant, overcome the unexpected, and outlast the unbearable.
The judge was in a very merry mood on Christmas Eve as he asked the prisoner standing before his bench, “And just what are you charged with?”
“Doing my Christmas shopping early,” replied the defendant.
“That’s not any kind of offense,” said the judge. “Just exactly how early were you doing this shopping of yours?”
“Before – the – store – opened,” came the meek reply.
“Gratitude means to recognize the good in your life, be thankful for whatever you have, some people may not even have one of those things you consider precious to you (love, family, friends etc). Each day give thanks for the gift of life.You are blessed”
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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