One morning a few days ago, I woke up “on the wrong side of the bed” and had the hardest time getting up. Before I even attempted getting out of the bed, I thought of all the things I had to get done that day, the next few days, the course of the week and started complaining and whining to myself before I even sat up. I thought about chores, errands, “un-fun” stuff like work, work, work with no vacation on the horizon ….. I had clearly almost “wrecked” my day before it began. I thought to myself “another day of this?”
I began stretching my legs and everything kind of “creaked” – I am way too out of shape, and my joints and back hurt often now. I thought, “My goodness, can I please have a break and not have a back ache all day?”
Then I remembered, I can walk… yes, I can walk… I can walk to my computer, go get in my car, walk my little doggie, Bella, outside, and walk through a park … and yet, some people can’t.
I was already complaining about going to the grocery store (a chore I hate to do, truly)… and I hardly take the time to cook, it’s just another “duty”, and then I thought of all the children here in our country and in other nations who don’t have a hot meal, let alone enough food to eat.
Earlier this year, our A/C went out. I was so upset when the technician told me that the A/C unit had to be replaced, and it would cost thousands of dollars. I thought, “how will we do that … moneywise….” and it worked out with using another company more reasonably priced. Then I thought … not everyone has a roof over their head, let alone running water, air-conditioning, heat and electricity. Oh, these simple things in life we take for granted.
Sometimes our spouses, children and close friends disappoint us or make us crazy with some of the things they do. Then I realize what a treasure it is to have close family and friends. I can always pick up the phone and call my sister, or dear friends, and I have someone to talk to or meet for a cup of coffee. Some people have no one. I can’t imagine that type of loneliness.
And let’s not forget about God’s beautiful creation all around us!
We have the sun in the morning…
We have the moon and stars at night ….
Yes, I need to stop complaining and be grateful more …. and realize the beauty around me and count my blessings! I want to get up every morning and hit the floor with purpose in my heart and count the joys of all the things God has given me. I can walk, I can talk, I can see, I have a roof over my head, a wonderful family and group of friends….. some people don’t have that.
So I leave you with this: Better to lose count while naming your blessings than to lose your blessings to counting your troubles.” – Maltbie D. Babcock
Until next time –