Living a Life of Gratitude

Lately I have been feeling sad over the emotional state of our country and what I see as a society of complainers. As a whole, we tend to complain about what we don’t have versus what we do have. And what we have, in comparison with many other people on this earth, is abundant. At this time in the history of the earth, we have a lot to be grateful for. Do bad things happen? Yes, they do. Bad things will always happen, and part of this life experience is to find a way to make good things happen, and to help make the bad things go away. And we do those things well in this country. There are a lot of stories about the good things that people do for each other.

But I see an overwhelming tendency to complain. The biggest complaints stem around the idea of inequality. Everyone wants equality. Everyone wants to be the same. And if everyone isn’t the same in every facet of life, then people complain. But there is no such thing as true equality. There never has, and there never will be. There will always be inequality in income, in education, in career opportunities, in just about everything. That is because we are all human and humans are not perfect, and humans are all different. That is what makes the world go around. That is what makes life interesting.

So what is one to do? Why not look around you and notice what you have. Notice the blessings in your life. Notice the good things that happen to you on a daily basis. Look at all of the wonderful things that God has given you. Do you have trials? Most likely. Everybody does in some form. Try to look at those trials as experiences that will help you become a better person. If we didn’t have sorrow in this life, we wouldn’t know joy.

We are all God’s children and he loves each of us. He wants for us to be happy. He wants for us to have joy in this life. And we can. But it’s up to us to recognize the blessings and to then feel the joy from those blessings. If we are constantly complaining about what we don’t have, we will never recognize what we do have, and we’ll end up being miserable our entire lives. So, please, smell the roses and ignore the thorns. Make the world a better place for everyone.

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