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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.  

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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. 

 

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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. 

 

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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.

 

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And let’s not forget about God’s beautiful creation all around us!

We have the sun in the morning… 

 

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We have the moon and stars at night …. 

 

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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.  

 

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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 –

~Clare

Author
Clare is a 57-year-old fun loving Italian-American self-proclaimed “Jersey Girl” who believes, “Life ain’t easy street. Life is one of those crazy little city streets, complete with potholes that could swallow your car.” With one foot planted in fun and the other planted firmly in her Christian faith, Clare enjoys making people laugh while helping them navigate life’s “crazy little city streets”. Clare has raised two girls (now grown young adults) with her husband, Michial, Clare is ready to take on the challenges of making new friends through her blog, Life Ain’t Easy Street. With an aim to entertain while addressing topics important to women, Clare’s focus on the positive power of good stories, good friends, inspiring women, and strong faith will have you looking forward to reading the next post. Clare is a freelance writer who lives a real life in Jacksonville Beach, Florida.

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24 Comments

  • It’s important to always stop and count our blessings. Something so simple but we often forget!

  • Terri says:

    I love the quote at the end. It’s so easy to fall into a self-pity act. However, it’s about time we realize that somewhere, someone is praying for the blessings you woke up. Happiness is a choice. we need to make a conscience effort to choose happy everyday. Beautiful post!

    • Clare says:

      Yes, yes, it can be hard to “choose” happy every day but it must be a conscious decision. Thanks for your comments, Terri! 🙂

  • Bette Childress says:

    Once again, wonderful advise for all of us to live by. Certainly changed my bad attitude this morning! Thanks Clare!

  • Sabrina says:

    It is so easy to fall into the game of complaining. When everything seems to go “wrong” in our eyes, it’s hard to look “UP” to the creator and see His will. Definitely a great lesson. Thank you.

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    • Clare says:

      I often get myself into the doldrums and “complaining” for sure…. I appreciate your thoughts and reminder to look UP to the creator! Thanks for that!

  • We often take things for granted! With refugee crisis in Europe I’m looking at things more differently and at people too – especially those who I though were my friends but in time when we should go on united front helping those less fortunate they spread hate and post so many upsetting memes on FB that I consider closing it completely or getting rid off those that annoy me the most!

    • Clare says:

      We do often take things for granted, I do a lot! Thanks for reminding us all to be thoughtful and try to be helpful for those in much, much more need than ourselves! Thanks for your candor and sharing your heart!

  • What a wonderful post! It’s a great reminder this fall season to really count our blessings and appreciate all that we enjoy in life: friends, family, home, food, and the little things that make us smile each and every day. 🙂

  • Mary Hill says:

    Really important post. I enjoyed your final quote. It is so important to remember how fortunate we really are. Thanks for sharing.

  • andi says:

    every little thing we must be thanking God for 😀

  • Daria says:

    Thanks for the reminder! When I get down, remembering that it could easily be worst always put things back into perspective. Life presents many challenges and sometimes it becomes so discouraging but then I either read an article or hear someone else’s story and say well I’m blessed so stop complaining! Thanks for sharing…

    • Clare says:

      Yes ,I have to daily challenge myself about putting things back into perspective for sure because things could always be worse! Thanks for the comments and thoughts!

  • Dee says:

    There are times when we have really serious happenings going on in our lives such as a health problem of a loved one or even one of our own. It is during these times I find myself forgetting to count all my many blessings. Thank you, Clare, for expressing so vividly all the things we need to count that are positive which are the blessings we are given by God each day. Certainly, at this point in time, I thank the Lord that my beloved is still here with me and we have each other, our family, and so many wonderful friends. Your blog is soooo helpful to me in showing me where and to whom I need to be looking when things aren’t going the way I think they should. And, for sure, those aches and pains of getting up each morning seem to be creeping up on me more lately, but it isn’t nothing I can’t handle with God and wonderful family and friends help. It seems as if you have a window into my soul.

    • Clare says:

      Thanks so, so much for the kind words, Dee! I am so delighted that you get a measure of encouragement from this blog and other posts! You have had a very challenging year but I have seen the miracles, too, in your life during this time! I am delighted that you shared your heart, Dee!

  • Deb Wolf says:

    Clare, I launched CMB years ago as a way to hold myself accountable for focusing on my blessings. We had been through a really difficult time and I had a hard time turning my thoughts to God’s faithful goodness. Blessing counting changed my life. I still have moments of sadness but with His help I move on much more quickly now. Blessings!

    • Clare says:

      Deb – I am so inspired truly by your blog and wonderful posts! Thanks for stopping in here today, yes, dealing with the challenges and emotions in our lives are moment by moment, day by day!

  • I love that quote, Clare! Thank you so much for sharing it with us. I, too, have woken up on the wrong side of the bed, with a grumpy, ungrateful heart. I love how you turned it all around, though. What an great testimony. 🙂

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